Wellsford children will soon be riding their wheels and shooting hoops following moves to revitalise the local skate park and playground.
Rodney Local Board parks and recreation committee chair Brent Bailey says the board has been working with the community, schools and Auckland Council to improve Wellsford War Memorial Park.
“Several years ago, locals asked for improvements to the skate park and while it has taken time, the end result will be a well-integrated and connected play space,” he says.
Members of the community and school children helped design the skate park and voted for play equipment to be installed nearby.
The existing skate bowl is being resurfaced and elements such as rails and boxes with ramps are being added to challenge skaters and allow them to demonstrate their tricks and skating skills.
The new play equipment includes a bird nest swing, a rotating carousel spinner and a new basketball hoop.
A footpath will be extended to provide easy access to the skate park, which will employ logs and rocks for seating.
Local board member Colin Smith says the upgrades will breathe new life into the park.
“The new play equipment will guarantee hours of fun for kids of different ages and skill levels,” he says. The cost of the upgrade is $447,000.