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Skaters enjoy Tairua’s new Skatepark

If ‘popshoveit, goofy, tictac and ollie’ sound familiar to you then you’re probably one of those celebrating Tairua’s new state-of-the-art skatepark.
 |  Pam Ferla  | 

“Hanging out with mates” is a big part of the attraction and these teens reckon it is good for their mental health as well as fitness.

The long-awaited facility opened at Cory Park Domain on  April 17 and attracted an enthusiastic crowd.

It was designed by Acid NZ, project managed by Veros, and caters for all levels of ability. Projected cost of the skatepark is $1.12m, with $150,000 of this raised by the community.

A tenacious group of locals kept the dream alive through 30 years of debate, conflict and high court action on selecting a suitable site.

Tairua residents Marilyn Rawlinson and Janet Adlington spent opening day, plus most mornings last  week, at the skatepark sitting comfy in their chairs with a book and a drink, while watching their grandchildren.

“It’s a fabulous asset and there’s a really nice atmosphere here,” says Marilyn. “We’ve seen heaps of kids each day as well as some dads showing their moves and helping the younger ones.”

Janet says it was good to see skaters of all ages, from tots to adults, enjoying themselves.

Families welcoming the skatepark include three local 14-year-olds, Makala Buchanan, Jordon Roberts and Zanda Hishon.

Surf lifeguard Makala has been skating for about a year and says she does it for fun. Her dad, Stacey, is a surfer who loved skating in his teens.

Jordan’s favourite skateboard move is the kick flip, and he looks forward to trying out a rip stick (two wheels) as well.

Zanda has been skateboarding since he was six and says his dad, Matthew, also loves the sport. Zanda is currently learning to heel flip.

“Hanging out with mates” is a big part of the attraction and these teens reckon it is good for their mental health as well as fitness. “And it keeps them off their devices,” adds mum, Donna Marshall.

Skaters having fun at Tairua’s new skatepark, which was opened by Mayor Len Salt. Photos supplied Tairua Advertiser