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Masterton skatepark project ramps up

Hunter Civil project engineer Jessica Baker, general manager Grant Ballinger, Masterton mayor Lyn Patterson, councillor Gary Caffell, and RICH Landscapes designer Richard Smith. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Story by Soumya Bhamidipati

The tender for the revamp of Masterton skatepark has now been awarded, with work scheduled to start after Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Christchurch-based Hunter Civil Ltd would undertake the project, which was allocated $1.3 million funding through the government’s Provincial Development Unit in July last year.

Work would be completed this year, and would be carried out in two stages to allow users to continue skating, scootering, and pedalling throughout construction.

Additional work to add a shaded area, and a pump track – an undulating track suitable for use by younger users – would now be included.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said the project would be a significant boost for the district.

“This was a community-led idea and the council is delighted that we are now nearing the start of construction work,” she said.

“The skatepark will become a significant attraction for Masterton, and it will bring a broad range of age groups to town, from quite young people to older generations.”

Gary Caffell represented the council on the revamp planning group and praised the project’s process.

“This project has been community-led, and they have been a very interesting group to work with,” he said.

“The work will lift the skatepark to international standard and I think it will attract some big events to Masterton.”

Hunter Civil Ltd had considerable experience in skatepark construction, most recently working on a skatepark project on Waiheke Island.

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