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Wednesday 28 August, 2019
Twelve years of planning and fundraising finally came to fruitation for a group of dedicated volunteers in Methven yesterday (27 August), when ground was broken on the new Methven skatepark.
A shovel and the turning of soil on the McMillan and Bank Street corner site officially marked the area as active and ready for development. Ground works and construction will start on Sunday 1 October.
The new skatepark will provide local kids and young people with a dedicated space to skate all year round, after the building that housed a privately-owned indoor skatepark was badly damaged during the 2011 earthquakes.
Pictured above: Plans for what the new Methven skatepark on the corner of McMillan and Bank Streets will look like when construction is finished.
For the KidzMethven committee, who held their first meeting on developing a public skatepark in 2007, putting shovel to ground was a major milestone.
"It's taken us 12 years to the day from when our first meeting was held, so it's a pretty significant day for us," a committee spokesperson said.
Another significant donation to get the ball rolling for the project was also made on the day, bringing the project's bank account to $90,000. The committee's target is $150,000.
Pictured above: KidzMethven committee members turning the soil at the stakepark site. (Fom left to right: Sam Kircher, Mark Harris, Sally-Ann Kircher and Josh Horn.)
The 2,024 square metre block of land that the skatepark will be built on is a reserve owned by the Ashburton District Council and has been leased to KidzMethven for a nominal (peppercorn) rent. A grant from the Council, along with several other local organisations, charities and foundations has helped to fund the community project.
The Methven Community Board have also been involved in the development, assisting with the application for the resource consent.
Like the planning and fundraising that has brought the project to this point, the construction of the park will be carried out by volunteers. Josh Horn, who is part of the committee, helped to kick off the resource consent process and will be doing the build.
A completion date for the skatepark has not yet been confirmed.