Skatepark demanded for Millwater
Posted at 5:55pm Wednesday 18 Nov, 2020
There seems no doubt that the young people of Millwater are hanging out for a skatepark of their own.
In lockdown, a resident put up some temporary ramps in Percy Greens to keep the children active and entertained and they were very well used.
Seeing that reaction, Millwater resident and mother of two Janine Brittain decided to fight for a proper skatepark for her area, starting with a petition that gained more than 450 signatures.
“The ramps brought so many people here, and joy to the community,” she says. “We want our kids to be active and not hang around in the mall because they're bored. Ōrewa skatepark is great, but it's packed.”
The original plan for Metro Park East in Millwater showed a skatepark, including a detailed plan prepared by well-known designer Jason Parkes.
“We were promised this in 2011 and it never happened,” Janine says.
She approached the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board at a recent Community Forum in an effort to get the process underway.
Cost is key for the cash-strapped local board and members asked her to come back with an idea of costs while they look at whether development contributions (the money developers pay to Council for infrastructure) could be used to fund a skatepark.
Ōrewa's popular skatepark cost $350,000 and was funded by the local board.