The state-of-the-art Cambridge site will be a destination for skateboarders

New Zealand acid designer Antony Legget at the Cambridge skatepark. Photo/Supplied.

Construction of an $800,000 “ultra-modern” skatepark will soon begin in Cambridge.

Work will begin in early August on an upgrade to make Cambridge a skate destination, offering the latest designs and catering to all skill levels.

Waipā District Council Community Services Manager Brad Ward said the new facility would be a great attraction for elite skaters as well as beginners. It will complement the nearby bicycle pump track and Perry Aquatic Center Puna Kaukau O Te Oko Horoi swimming pool.

“Improvements to the Cambridge Skatepark have become a priority during the 2021-31 Long Range Plan process. Several submissions have called for an improved skate facility in Cambridge, including an excellent submission from a group of Cambridge teenagers , noting its current poor and outdated design.”

The Board undertook two rounds of community consultations in December and April to help develop plans and understand what the community wanted for their skatepark.

“As a result of the consultation, we updated the designs to remove the stair and hip extension, raise the surface of the learning area, and add a pump dump, quarter pipe, and arch rail. A shaded lounging area and additional seating will also be installed to connect the skatepark to the rest of the Dominion Avenue activity spaces.”

The six-month construction project will be led by Fluhler Contracting Ltd, alongside Acid NZ, who designed the Cambridge and Te Awamutu skate parks. During construction, sections of the Dominion Avenue Park will be closed, although the pump track will remain open.

The council has warned it will crack down on anyone entering or damaging the park during the construction phase, installing security fencing and cameras to deter people from entering the site. The police had already been informed of the security measures.

“People who trespass or create havoc during construction will increase costs and delay the project. No one wins,” Brad said.

“We strongly encourage residents to report any trespassing during construction to the police, so we can complete the upgrade and open it up for tamariki and rangitahi to enjoy.”

Weather permitting, the new Te Awamutu skatepark, play elements and parkour space at Centennial Park are scheduled to open in mid-September. The Council invested over $1 million in this facility and began work in February.

The Council continues to work with the community to determine the final locations of skate facilities in Kihikihi and Pirongia. In early September, the council will begin community consultation on a preferred site for the new Kihikihi skatepark.

Check out Cambridge’s newest skatepark at www.waipadc.govt.nz/waipa-skate-parks.

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