Skate half-pipe proposed for Victory Square

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A half-pipe skateboard ramp is being planned for Victory Square to create a meeting point for local youths.

An information day was held at Victory Square on Sunday to allow locals to have their say on the proposal, which attracted a large number of keen youths and adults.

Keep Victory Safe coordinator Marcia Higgs says that there has always been a demand for a skate facility at the park. “People have wanted it in the area for ten years” she says. “Not only would it create a place for youths to meet, but it would draw in the wider community and attract skaters from all over Nelson, which would be a real positive for Victory retailers.”

The exact location of the half- pipe is yet to be decided, but it is likely to be about 6 metres long and 1 metre high and will cost no more than $10,000 to build.

Marcia says that they will apply for funding and also fundraise within the community.

“There’s quite a lot of work to do to bring it to fruition” she says. “It will have to go out for public consultation and we’ll create a good case to take to council.”

The development will have to be non-disruptive to Saturday sports and other events in the park, but Marcia is confident that it can be built to fit in with the other uses of the park.

“A half-pipe of this size is very doable and affordable for Victory and we could see some really positive results from it.”

Some of the youths who attended the information day are planning a Facebook page to promote the half-pipe to the community, and an online survey will be created to get public feedback before any other steps are taken towards submitting the plan to Council. Survey forms are also available at the Victory Community Centre.