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Scooter heaven: Sk8 Zone manager Pat McIvor has surveyed the club's youngsters to find the best way to take the facility into the future.
Photo: CLAIRE HAMLIN/FAIRFAX NZ
Success has a price
By CLAIRE HAMLIN
The announcement that Napier
City Council will spend $1 million
to house penguins at Napier s
aquarium has Sk8 Zone manager
Pat McIvor hoping the council will
look equally as favourably on
investing that amount or more in
the city s youth.
With a membership of 1000 the
skate park had become over-
crowded, which had led to conflict
at times, he said.
Mr McIvor is planning a sub-
mission to the council, asking
councillors to indicate whether
they will help with the capital cost
of improving the Marine Parade
There would be no figure in the
submission, however. Without
doing detailed costings, he
believed the work he wanted to do
would cost about $1.5m.
The facility received $16,000 a
year from council to assist with
There s absolutely no question
that these youngsters live for
their wheels, he said.
To draw a comparison, these
kids feel just as passionately
about their codes as adults did
during the Rugby World Cup and
they deserve the best facility we
can possibly give them. As it
stands, we ve got issues with
space here now, as kids from
preschool age through to young
adult are trying to do their thing
all at once -- scootering,
skateboarding, rollerblading and
BMXing -- all these sports
crammed in. We have to go with
majority rules and, because
scooters are the most popular,
skateboarders have gone off to
skate where they re not supposed
Sadly, we ve also had conflicts
between the codes here because
there just isn t room for everyone.
It stems from overcrowding and
the frustration that goes with it, a
bit like having a group of
youngsters trying to play rugby
and soccer on the same field at the
Mr McIvor has surveyed skate
club members, to see what they
would most like at Sk8 Zone.
As well as overcrowding, the
other main issue is that even the
lightest drizzle means it becomes
a no-skate zone.
Wheels and wet just don t mix
and the kids know that if we had
a covered area, we could operate
every day, Mr McIvor said.
Youngsters are coming from all
over New Zealand to use this
facility now, not just locals, and
parents rely on us being open,
especially for those kids old
enough to not need parental
So here we have this amazing
facility with hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars worth of ramps
now and the minute we get any
rain, it comes to a standstill. The
big thing is, when we organise big
events, kids travel from all over
the country to compete and rain
means a wasted journey so, much
as we would love to host inter-
national events, it s just a no-go at
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