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Hunter Civil Ltd, of Christchurch, has been awarded the tender for the revamp of the Masterton skatepark, with work scheduled to start after Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The project, which was allocated $1.3 million funding through the Government’s Provincial Development Unit in July last year, will be completed in the New Year, but will be carried out in two stages, allowing users to continue skating, scootering, and pedalling throughout construction.

Masterton District Council has also confirmed additional work to add a shaded area, and a pump track – an undulating track suitable for use by younger users.

Mayor Lyn Patterson said the project would be a significant boost for Masterton.

“This was a community-led idea and the Council is delighted that we are now nearing the start of construction work,” she said.

“I think the skatepark will become a significant attraction for Masterton, and it will bring a broad range of age groups to town, from quite young people to older generations.”

The Council’s representative on the planning group for the revamp, Cr Gary Caffell, is full of praise for the process.

“The big thing that excites me is that this project has been community-led. And they have been a very interesting group to work with,” he said. “The terminology of the skatepark world is something new to many of us!”

Cr Caffell agreed the revamp would bring real benefits to the community.

“The work will lift the skatepark to international standard and I think it will attract some big events to Masterton.”

Hunter Civil Ltd has considerable experience in skatepark construction, most recently working on a skatepark project on Waiheke Island.