Skatepark runner-up in community awards

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A Tokanui community project was runner-up in the Trustpower Community Awards Sport and Leisure Category this week.

The Tokanui Skatepark committee received the award on Tuesday night at the Invercargill Civic Theatre.

Skatepark co-ordinator Sheila Smith said the community raised $130,000 in nine months to build the park, which was opened late last year.

Mrs Smith said the community support had a big impact on the project.

“There were so many volunteers in the project and everyone did what they could,” Mrs Smith said.

The skatepark provided a play area for children with skateboards, scooters and anything with wheels.

The skatepark is built from culvert pipe and consists of tarseal and a separate BMX dirt track.

Mrs Smith said the surface was a “modular system” which allowed the skatepark to be added to and changed.

“It’s kind of quirky,” she said.

“Some skaters from Invercargill come out because they like the steepness of the ramp.”

The area, which used to be a wasteland, also featured a picnic place and shelter.