Kaitangata skate park proposal becoming reality
Work on a skate park for Kaitangata has finally begun.
The 300sq m park in Exmouth St has been two years in the making and Kaitangata skate park development group chairman Dallas Storer hopes work that began at the end of last week will be completed this month.
The skate park is beside the current BMX track and the jump park in Kaitangata.
The group has raised nearly $85,000 of an original budget of $100,000, but thanks to support from business owners and the community, the remaining costs have been covered.
Initial quotes for the park were almost double that figure so organisers had to re-evaluate options at the start of last year.
Mr Storer said ‘‘through word of mouth'' the group settled on designer David North, of Nelson Creek Skateboards.
He was able to offer a design which fitted the budget.
‘‘He's a skater himself ... so if anyone should build one, a skater should build one.''
Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan also chipped in to help with the cementing of the half pipe yesterday.
He said it was great for the community and backed the group from the start.
A new generation in Kaitangata was starting to take leadership in the community.‘‘You can't sing their praises enough and when the skate park opens it's going to be a neat facility, '' he said.
Mr Storer, who was in a car incident when he was younger that left him in a wheelchair, said he was also involved with the Kaitangata Promotions Group, which had raised some of the money for the skate park. The Clutha District Council contributed $40,000 and the Otago Community Trust $20,000.