Lucas Stump, Caleb Vass, Riley Jones, Jamie Smith and Oliver Stump would like to see a proper skate park in Stoke. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Calls for Stoke youth park gets louder

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Stoke skaters have been longing for a proper park to spin their wheels.

It’s been almost a decade since requests for a skate park were first made but, despite numerous calls, the park remains a pipe dream.

The largely unused carpark adjacent to Marsden Rec has been touted as an ideal location.

In 2019, Nelson City Council installed a quarter pipe which local skaters have described as “sad”.

In a bid to draw attention to the demand for this to be expanded upon, local Blue Light members are teaming up with Stoke youth to host a community event featuring a pop-up skate park at the Nayland Pool carpark this Saturday.

The event will take place from 2pm to 5.30pm.

Committee members Cushla Vaas and Tiffany Venz says this will be done with the ultimate goal of a permanent facility for the young people of Stoke.

Tiffany says the current quarter pipe is extremely well used, and with schools in the area as well as Whanake Youth adjacent to the site, a skate park is a no-brainer.

“They have just installed a pop-up park in town, but town is already well-catered for skaters.”

Saturday’s event, sponsored by Cheapskates, will include giveaways, drift trikes, food stalls, Mr Whippy and free sausage sizzle thanks to Mitre 10.

Council’s group manager community services, Roger Ball, says council is working in conjunction with the community to investigate options for a youth park in Stoke, which may include a skate park.

He says details such as changes to the existing quarter pipe will be dependent on what the youth of Stoke tell council they would like as part of this process.

“A number of sites have been considered, but the carpark adjacent to Stoke Memorial Hall, next to Marsden Recreational Ground, is the current preferred site.”

Roger says when this process is complete, council officers will present a business case to the Sports and Recreation Committee in December for approval.

If approved, the park will be designed and, ideally, work would begin in the current financial year.