By GUY WILLIAMS
A group of residents behind a project to build a skateboarding ramp for younger children in Queenstown’s Shotover Country are on a final fundraising push.
The mini ramp project was instigated by Nick Hyne and George Carver about two years ago, and they’ve since been joined by a team of other locals to help push it along.
Group member Gavin Flynn says the group recently got approval from Queenstown council’s parks team to build the ramp in Richmond Park, right next to an existing pump bike track.
‘‘There are not a lot of community facilities in Shotover Country, and we think it’s a really good location,’’ Flynn says.
The park’s right across the road from Shotover Primary School on Jones Avenue and overlooked by homes, so will be a safe place for kids to skate.
‘‘We hope it’ll encourage more young skaters to get into the sport.’’
The concrete mini ramp will be 10 metres wide and have split-level decks on each side with heights of 0.8m and 1.1m.
The group, operating under the Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association’s umbrella, is now in ‘‘fully-fledged fundraising mode’’, he says.
It’s raised $20,000 of the project’s $35,000 cost through grants or pledges from Community Trust South, Harcourts Queenstown, Queenstown Airport Corporation and the association via the council’s local community support fund.
To raise the remaining funds, it’s set up Givealittle page ‘Richmond Park Skate Ramp’ with the goal of raising $3000, and is holding two fundraising events: a drum and bass evening at The World Bar on May 29 and a quiz night at Shotover Primary School on June 19.
South Island skate park builder Civil Parks, which has helped the group with the mini ramp’s design and the council approval process, has got the build contract and hopes to start in spring.
More details are available on the ‘Shotover Country Mini Ramp’ Facebook page.