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City Council receives funding for skate park improvements

Friday June 2 2017

A pump track, pyramid ramp and pole jam are a step closer for Palmerston North skateboarders, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Eastern and Central Community Trust.

Palmerston North City Council will put the grant towards completing the plan prepared by Rich Landscapes for the skate park on the Railway Land Reserve in Church Street. The plan includes the $180,000 Council-funded skate bowl that opened recently.

Skate park users Craig Mclay, Dylan Bell and Keanu Ross (13), along with Councillor Leonie Hapeta and Leisure Assets Planner Jason Pilkington made a presentation to Eastern and Central Community Trust in support of the Council’s application.

"The team emphasised the growing importance of more informal sports such as skating, with its focus on mentoring, equitable participation and etiquette over rules and hierarchies," Mr Pilkington says.

They also spoke about how skate parks are popular with 18 to 30-year-old males who are at risk of becoming more sedentary as they often give up organised sport after leaving school.

"We were impressed with the passion and enthusiasm shown by the young presenters," says trust General Manager Jonathan Bell, adding: "The project fits with our aims of helping build stronger, more sustainable communities. We’re looking forward to seeing it being used by a range of people of all ages and abilities."

The trust's grant will help fund additional features including a pump track (also called a snake run), a pyramid ramp, pole jam, more banks and slabs, and an advanced Street League obstacle. The brickwork will be refurbished, with more signs added and seating installed made from railway sleepers reflecting the park’s history as a railway station.

The Council still needs another $100,000 for the work, which it is seeking from external funders.