We’re going to co-design and identify an appropriate location for a destination skate park for the city, as well as make some upgrades to existing skate facilities.
Survey and co-design group
We’d love you to complete our survey where we hope to hear from a range of wheel-spinning user groups such as skaters, scooters, trick BMX and other roller groups to help inform why and where you skate and what makes a good skate park. You can also register your interest to be part of the community design group.
Within the survey you also have the opportunity to upload photos and videos to show us what you like or don’t like about our existing skate facilities.
We will ensure we get a good mix of people on the community design group, including youth and people with different views/perspectives on the project.
The skate park concept will evolve from the community co-design process, working with the skatepark designer on designs over a series of workshops. Engagement and working with the community in this co-design arrangement is central to the project.
We aim to select the community design group in December and hold the first of three workshops in early 2022.
To say thanks for taking part in the survey, you’ll go in the draw to win one of five $50 Prezzy cards.
We will keep you updated and informed as the project progresses.
Why is Council building a destination skate park?
Through the Long-term Plan we have funding allocated for the upgrade of existing skate facilities and a contribution towards a destination skate park.
Our growing skater community has told us our existing skate facilities are outdated and don’t provide for different skating experiences i.e. scootering, skateboarding, BMX, inline and roller skating.
Tauranga has a long history of being one of Aotearoa’s favourite surfing destinations. This ‘brand’ of outdoor adventure sports also includes skateboarding and other roller sports and is important to the people of Tauranga.
The skating industry has told us more people have been taking up surfing and skateboarding in Tauranga since the addition of these sports to the Olympic programme.
Skating is an accessible and inclusive activity, with active participants from a range of demographics, gender and backgrounds.
Skating provides physical, mental and social benefits. It’s a fun, unstructured, affordable activity that promotes being active and creative in suitable outdoor environments.
A world-class facility will help aspiring Olympic skateboarders and attract skating events both domestically and internationally, providing a boost to our local tourism industry and economy.
We had hoped to launch this conversation with a Skate Jam event including demos and activities in different categories and age divisions that skaters could take part in. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to go ahead with the event at this time, but we hope to reschedule for another time – stay tuned for updates!