Construction of controversial skate parks delayed

ROAD BLOCK: The consent process for the Halswell Domain Skate Park has taken longer than expected and as a result construction of both parks have been delayed until January.

The two planned skate parks in Halswell have been delayed.

After three years of planning, the Halswell Domain and Knights Stream skate parks are now expected to be ready by late April, instead of January as initially planned.

In June, Western News reported the cost would be $344,605 and $350,000 respectively.

The consent process has taken longer than expected and, as a result, construction of both parks has been delayed.

City councillor Vicki Buck said the consent application for the Knights Stream skate park was lodged last week and still needs to be granted, which can take up to 20 working days.

The city council won’t know if both sites will be managed together until a contractor has been selected.

Cr Buck said the Halswell Domain skate park still required further stormwater basin design work.

“All design work needs to be completed for the consent application. We are aiming to have the design and application ready to lodge mid-November. The timing of that consent may depend on the response,” she said.

Cr Buck said the delay was frustrating and she understands people will be disappointed. She also said the delays were not due to poor planning.

Halswell Residents’ Association secretary David Hawke said it was disappointing, but they’ve been waiting 10 years for the parks and another few months wasn’t an issue.

He said they’ve got a group of young people who have to travel to Prebbleton to get to the closest skate park.

“It will mean that we’re starting to get amenities within the community that meet the needs of all the people,” Mr Hawke said. Construction for both parks is now expected to begin in mid to late January and run for 15 weeks.