The first concrete pour for the youth driven Maungaturoto Skatepark took place last week marking a significant step in completing the project.
It’s been 15 years since the Maungaturoto Country Club first donated land to be used for a skatepark but after a foundation was laid the park saw a change of project leaders and supporters.
Back in 2012 the idea resurfaced once more as the town started making plans for its 150th anniversary and the Residents’ Association decided to form a new youth committee in the hope it could be completed before the celebrations.
But with so many other plans in place the skatepark took a backseat once more.
It was around this time that Michelle Kent became excited about the prospect of the project and hoped that her threeyear-old son would one day be able to enjoy it.
“There were so many plans in place and so much to complete for the 150th celebrations that the skatepark took a back seat and because I was so passionate to see it completed I contacted the Residents’ Association and asked if I could take over the project and they agreed,” said Michelle.
She approached Otamatea High School to scope interest and see if any of the students were interested in being involved and soon the Maungaturoto Activity Park Youth Committee was born in 2015.
The students put together a funding proposal and since August 2016 they have secured $70,000. The construction of the skateboard ramps concluded in April and now Brogan Builders and Top Notch Concrete have the final task of preparing boxing and laying three large slabs of concrete to finish it off.
“Over the next three months we have one pour a month scheduled and we hope to have the park open to the public in September,” said Michelle.
A working-bee to finalise the finishing touches will be organised closer to time.
“When you think about it, this skatepark is testament to how small communities rally together to make things happen and on behalf of the Maungaturoto Activity Park Youth Committee I’d like to personally thank everyone for their contributions along the way.”
Residents’ Association president Terri Donaldson said she was “really proud that the youth and Michelle have gotten behind it and are working toward something that’s going to directly benefit them — this has been completely driven by the students and is something that will be around for many years.”
Despite receiving some significant donations, Michelle says the project would not have happened without discount rates from local businesses including Brogan Builders, Wilson Earthmoving, Top Notch Concrete, Northland Concrete Pumping, Northland Concrete Cutting and Atlas Quarries,” as well as all the people that purchased raffle tickets, came to our quiz night and donated prizes.” for each.