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Legendary ledges at skate park
AWESOME PLAN: An
architectural drawing of the
proposed new recreation
precinct for Kaiapoi, now out
for community consultation.
By CATE BROUGHTON
AVID SKATEBOARDERS Ryan
de Voil, 17, and Jordan Tier, 19,
say helping to design Kaiapoi s
new skatepark at Trousselot Park
has been awesome .
Medium hubb ledges, bowl
curve corners and spine banks --
terms probably meaningless to
non-skaters -- have been placed
firmly at the top of the list by the
They also requested a linear
design which connected the differ-
ent obstacles on an outer path,
with the skate bowl accessed by a
ramp in the middle.
Making the park colourful and
visually appealing, to set it apart
from the usual flat, grey and bor-
ing skating venues, would be
The skaters say the new park
will be on par with Christchurch s
popular skateboarding desti-
nation, Washington Way, which is
It is the best and it will be bet-
ter -- but it s super-crowded, said
He anticipates the new Kaiapoi
park will become a magnet for the
area s young people, who had
their only skate park destroyed in
the February 2011 earthquake.
We only do street skating now,
it sometimes, Ryan said.
Ryan and Jordan were spotted
by Waimakariri District Council
youth co-ordinator Hannah Dun-
lop with their skateboards, and
asked if they wanted to get
involved in the design project ear-
lier this year.
Along with six to eight Wai
Youth members, they met with
council landscape designer Tori
McMillan and skateboard park
designer Campbell Johnson to nut
out the most important features.
It was really good to get a per-
spective because it was just an
idea, but Campbell put it onto
paper, Ryan said.
The resulting concept for the
first of five recreation precincts to
be built in Kaiapoi is now before
the community for feedback.
Along with the skate park, the
marine-themed recreation pre-
cinct will include a redesigned
plaza area, youth space including
a half basketball court, toilet
facilities and a junior playground.
Ryan and Jordan say they will
continue their involvement in the
development and fine tuning of
the design in the new year.
A booklet of the proposed plans
and feedback forms are available
online at waimakariri.govt.nz or
at the Kaiapoi and Rangiora ser-
Feedback can also be sent to
Consultation closes January 30.
Light shows add
LET THERE BE LIGHT: Homeowners
around the country bring cheer to
others with their Christmas lights
displays. You can tour them with
NIGHT HAS fallen and the fairy
lights have been turned on, and
lightupchristmas.co.nz is there to
show you around illuminated
Christmas homes in your region.
So buckle in the kids, pack your
camera, print out the map, and
take your family on a festive drive
around North Canterbury this
The website lists light displays
all over New Zealand, either
nominated by the homeowner or
by a passing admirer.
This year, there are six displays
posted in Kaiapoi, eight in
Rangiora and one in Woodend,
showing that the Waimakariri
loves the season.
The website lists addresses for
every display, and helpfully plots
them on a map. It also offers a
trip-planner function to let you to
get from display to display
efficiently, as well as providing
photos and videos of each house,
so you can see which ones will be
best to stop at.
Once you have viewed your top
picks, check back in with the
website and vote for your
favourite -- the top three win a
$500 prize pack. Voting is open
until Boxing Day.
Check out lightupchristmas.
co.nz for more details.
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