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18 February 2022

Masterton’s outstanding new skatepark is open for action after completion of its revamp, funded with $1.3 million from the Government’s Provincial Development Unit, and $700,000 from Masterton District Council.

The first stage of the skatepark opened before Christmas, and today the fences around the second stage came down, and skateboarders were immediately putting it to use.

Contractor Hunter Civil will complete its departure from the site next week.

Mayor Lyn Patterson said the new-look skatepark was spectacular.

“I’m thrilled with the result of what was community-led project with a real focus on young people,” she said.

“With Covid-19 restrictions we’re not in a position to have a formal opening now, but we will certainly celebrate the project later in the year when restrictions ease.”

The Council’s representative on the planning group for the revamp, Cr Gary Caffell, said it had been a very successful process.

“It’s great that this was led by the community. I think some of us have learned a different language in terms of the terminology for skateparks, and I believe the end result will really put Masterton on the map.

“The big focus was on a partnership between park users and the Council to develop something that would be a huge attraction to both locals and visitors, and which would suit all age groups – we have managed that, and more.

“This park is now of international standard and that will bring people here.”

Work in the area will continue with plans proceeding for a youth hub next to the skatepark.

The youth hub will include an observation deck, a small coffee kiosk/food counter, toilets (including a disabled access bathroom), space for skate equipment, a meeting space, and informal hang-out areas.

Masterton District Council has signed a contract with Podular to supply a building next to the revamped skatepark site as a youth hub.

The Council approved $538,570 for the project as part of the 2021-31 long-term plan, including a $120,000 contribution from the Ministry for Youth Development and Department of Internal Affairs.

The hub building will be built off-site and is likely to be in position by June.