The skate/wheel park at Two Riversmeet in Christchurch will be closed for four to six weeks from 18 June for a refurb.

Originally opened in 2005, the work is needed due to the park’s popularity and the heavy use by skaters, BMX bikers and others. The project will see the installation of a new concrete base and a variety of stainless steel ramps and rails using a skatelite surface. The aim is to provide a site that will cater for all wheeled sports, including skates, BMX bikes, scooters and rollerblades to suit the novice to the more experienced.

The works will not affect use of the synthetic turf pitches or BMX pump track.

Carina Gallacher, Senior Technical Officer at Christchurch Council, said, “The current wheel park is nearing the end of its life expectancy. Repairs to date have afforded the site an extension whilst options have been considered by the council.

“This site is heavily used, drawing in young people from Christchurch and further afield. It has built a reputation that is second to none in the South, and therefore in need of refurbishment to make sure it meets the expectations of all of its users.”

It is hoped to formally re-open the wheel park on Saturday 20 July with the Christchurch SkateJam 2013.

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