Months in the making, Napier’s new-look skate park throws open the doors on Saturday 17th December, 2016.
It’s been named Bay Skate, and comes complete with a striking new logo, new layout and plenty of exciting new features.
The park is loosely divided into three sections – a bowl area, a rink, and a ramp space (still in development) which can be used for free-style skating until the ramps are completed.
But it’s not all brand new – the piece de resistance is the iconic old Marineland grandstand, providing ideal viewing opportunities for spectators. With seating for almost 600, it’s hoped that the grandstand and plaza will be booked out for events, outdoor cinema screenings, gigs and so on.
“We’ve actually taken our first booking already,” says Glenn Lucas, Manager Sport and Recreation for Napier City Council.
“There will be a beach party and fireworks display held on-site as part of Te Matatini National Kapa Haka festival in February. It’s a fantastic use of this multi-purpose site and a bit of a showcase of what we’re able to do with this great space.”
Councillor Keith Price, Chair of the Marine Parade Redevelopment Committee and closely involved with the Napier skate park project, says Bay Skate will offer “world-class skating as well as a positive and inclusive culture".
"We see this as a place where all the different wheel sports codes can come together, whether you scoot, skate or BMX. It’s a fantastic asset for Napier.”
An open day on the 17th December will mark the park’s official launch. Beginning at 10am with a short opening ceremony, and free to the public from 11am, there will be plenty of entertainment throughout the day from local musicians and demonstrations from the Guns n Roses Roller Derby, the Bay City Rollers, Napier Sharks Inline Hockey, MGP scooters, and more. A “free skate” session runs from 3pm - 5pm. A charge will apply for any skate hire during the open day.
“Everyone’s welcome – it promises to be an action-packed event” says Councillor Price. “You might even catch me trying an ollie.”
Lick This, world famous in Napier for its delicious ice-creams, will also be back at its new Marine Parade site, attached to Bay Skate.
Bay Skate is supported by Unison and Eastern Central Trust.
For more information about the launch and open day programme go to the Bay Skate Facebook page.
3 May 2017
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