Upgrade work rolls towards completion

By Aaron van Delden

Rainy weather has delayed the redevelopment of Kowhai Park's skate bowl, which is due to be completed next week. Work to upgrade the skate park started late last month, and was meant to finish yesterday.

But rain had held up earlier stages of the project involving the pouring of concrete, said Shay van Reenen, of Custom Skateparks, the local firm carrying out the redevelopment for Wanganui District Council.

Mr van Reenen said despite that, the upgrade should be completed by Wednesday.

Wanganui District councillor, and youth committee chairman, Jack Bullock said that would give Wanganui's youth plenty of time to enjoy the improvements during the school holidays, which began yesterday.

The $40,000 upgrade involves replacing the park's half-pipe and constructing a new pyramid jump.

"The redeveloped skate park area will be great for our young people and offer new challenges for skateboarders and scooter riders," Mr Bullock said.

Parts are sectioned off while the work continues, but the park remains open. An official opening of the upgraded skate bowl will take place during the youth committee's Picnic in the Park festival on December 1.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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