They came, they saw and the youth of Tuakau have picked their designs for the possible skate park coming to the town.
On Friday 24 November 2017, a meeting was held at the Tuakau Youth Centre at the Dr Light Body Reserve, where the community were presented with possible options for the proposed skate park.
The Waikato District Council Wellbeing Trust, the Onewhero Tuakau Community Board and the Tuakau Youth Sport Trust raised the initial funds for the design and consultation process.
Those who attended were able to discuss with organisers the proposed options, and selected their favourite designs by placing red stickers on the pictures provided.
Organisers were impressed by the large response.
“It was great to see all the kids excited about there finally being a skatepark in Tuakau,” said Shaun Jackson.
“There were plenty of different ideas from a range of age groups. A big thanks to Waikato District Council for their support in helping get this project off the ground.”
For Waikato Councillor, Jacqui Church, the result of the meeting was ‘personally satisfying.’
“It has been years of believing Tuakau deserved and needed a youth-based skatepark. This is the reality of our first major steps happening. It has taken a lot of planning and development behind the scenes to now be formally consulting publicly on the plan and scope of our wheels based park.”
Among those that visited at the Youth Centre on Friday were Tuakau icons, Stuart and Helen Graham, who have backed the project for many years.
“They wanted to see our people better catered for with community facilities like this skatepark and also added their votes to the professional design ideas of Richard Smith, from Rich Landscapes. All acknowledgement to Shaun Jackson, Aiimee Pivott and Ani Taua of the Tuakau Skate Trust for being the community flag bearers for the people on this project,” said Jacqui.
The team will now present the feedback and designs to Waikato Regional Council, and further investigate into the budgets available.