Wow – we finally did it!! The last concrete was poured, the fences came down, the ribbon was cut and the skating, scootering, and biking fun has begun!!! Thank you to all those who came down to the opening of the Omokoroa Skate Path – the large turn out was testament to the positive support that we have in the community for this facility. After Mayor Ross Paterson officially declared the path open the guys from J Stone Skate Parks gave a demonstration and the crowd was awed by their speed and the tricks they displayed. The path was then opened up for everyone to use. There were toddlers on bikes and scooters, kids on bikes, teenagers on skateboards, and even some of the Mt Maunganui Roller Derby Team on their roller skates!!! It was awesome and although the Omokoroa First Responders were on site they did not have even one patient!
The feedback we are getting from the community is hugely positive and it is so great to see the path being used so often and by all different groups in the community. The Omokoroa Play Centre has been down there and all their children spent a whole morning on their trikes, bikes and scooters. After school there are lots of teenagers and children on all kinds of different wheels, and I have even seen an adult on their mountain bike on it!!
As we are sure you can see there is still a bit of work to be done to get the grass growing and we are working with the Council on planting and getting the grass established. Hopefully by the time this is printed we will have installed a rubbish bin and we are working on getting some seating made. The final stage of the project is a ‘return path’ which is a footpath linking the top and the bottom of the path together to give users a safe path to the other end, and also for younger children to use away from the main path if it is busy. This path will be put in once the Council have installed the playground. We now ask the community to be the guardians of our facility by caring for the area, being mindful of where they put their rubbish, and challenging and/or reporting any antisocial behaviour.
Once again we would like to thank everyone in the community who has supported this project by coming to our fundraising events, buying sausage sizzles, donating money, sponsoring tricks on the path, buying plaques and offering us encouragement along the way. Without all of you this project would not have happened. Special thanks go to the Western Bay of Plenty Council who have supported our project from the beginning as they could see what a benefit it would be to Omokoroa.
Our major sponsors of this project have been:
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Omokoroa Community Board
New Zealand Communities Trust
Those who have sponsored particular features on the path are:
Sharon Parker & Andrew Dallas BT Bobcats
Brian & Janet Currie Omokoroa Country Estate
Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park Fresh Choice Omokoroa
Forget-Me-Not-Stories Omokoroa Boat Club
Lynley Park Generation Homes
Mike Deane Motors Industrial Sheet Metals
We also want to thank the following groups for donations and/or offering us their time and services:
Omokoroa Point School Omokoroa Probus club
The Centre Omokoroa Omokoroa and District Pakeke Lions Club
Shotbro Designs LetterRip Signs
Omokoroa No 1 School Omokoroa General Carriers
Omokoroa Print and Copy
We thank Rich Landscapes for the amazing and unique design and of course to J and his team at J Stone Skate Parks for the construction – which is nothing short of art (and a lot of blood, sweat and dust)!!! Also a big thank you to the over 40 individuals and families who have bought a plaque– this has been a huge boost to our fund raising. The Omokoroa Skate Path is a visual symbol of how a community can work together to create positive change.
Although we acknowledge that a Skate Path might not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ – watching the sheer joy and excitement by the children and young people (and a fair few adults) as they negotiate the path makes the past 3 years of hard work worth it. As someone said to me today as we watched the children whizzing around “at least they aren’t sitting at home on their ipads!!”.
The Omokoroa Community Skate Group
13 May 2016