What we're doing
On Monday 26 September the existing skate park will be closed and work will begin. This work will take 3–4 months to complete. During this period there will be disruption to the carpark and the cycleway and the skatepark will be a closed construction site. The nearest skate park to Tawa is Pukehuia Park in Newlands which has been recently upgraded.
We will be communicating via our website and social media when the Tawa Skate Park will be completed and celebrating with an open day.
Final design plan
The final plan has been developed using the feedback we received from Tawa community representatives as well as extensive input from key local skaters Kevin Francis and the Wellington Skateboarding Association.
Due to increasing build costs, it was agreed to split the vision for the new skate park into two areas. The funded and approved stage one shown in the design concepts, and a proposed flat ground / beginners area in stage two. The design has been through multiple iterations and drew inspiration from a variety of existing facilities and skate spots around the world, including:
The design is being finalised now and we'll supply those as they become available.
We Skate Pōneke
An action from the 2017 Play Spaces Policy stated the need to engage with the Wellington skate community to understand their needs and aspirations. As a result, in 2020 with the help of surveys, interviews and drop-in sessions we developed the Skate Community Engagement Report (1.15MB PDF).
This report, coupled with ongoing work with the skate community, has led us to developing a skate work programme to make sure that:
- there is a network of facilities that cater to varying abilities through park upgrades and the building of a new destination park in Kilbirnie
- the benefits of skateboarding are understood and appreciated in the City through our ongoing #WeSkatePōneke campaign
- skate is considered in the Council's transport and urban design projects.
For more information on these projects, take a look at: