Christchurch Mail : May 12th 2016
Fishing for adventure P5 Rugby fun day P31 Christchurch’s largest circulating community newspaper Thursday, May 12, 2016 Halswell skate park decision ANNAPRICE A ‘face to face’ on the plan, set firstname.lastname@example.org A skate zone in a family-oriented park planned within Halswell Domain should curb anti-social behaviour rather than encourage it, a city youth leader says. Responding to residents’ con- cerns, Christchurch Youth Council secretary Liam Stretch said ‘‘only positives’’ could come out of the Christchurch City Council’s proposed $379,000 Halswell Skate and Recreation Park. A site decision is expected from the Riccarton Wigram Community Board in July. A petition mounted by 160 residents opposed the domain option, fearing tagging and vandalism. ‘‘I assume kids would be a little more occupied using the skate zone,’’ Stretch said. ‘‘At the end of the day, there’s not enough accessible positive youth space around. ’’ Liam Stretch ‘‘There will be more people so less chance for anti-social behaviour.’’ Around 60 per cent of the 280 submissions to the council were in favour of Halswell Domain. A quarter favoured Knights Stream Sports Park, 13 per cent backed Westlake Reserve and 2 per cent supported Scotts Park. up by the youth council at Riccarton Rotary Market on May 1, won ‘‘overwhelming support’’ for a skate zone at the favoured location. In its ‘‘raw’’ survey data for the council, the youth body found most of the mainly 17-20-year-olds surveyed felt a skate park would benefit the domain. Responders said it fitted the bill for a self-contained safe space close to other amenities on their doorstep without the need to travel, and would ‘‘pull together’’ other spots nearby that would compliment the recreation space. The group believed the park would be well-used by all ages, but would need public toilets. ‘‘At the end of the day, there’s not enough accessible positive youth space around,’’ Stretch said. ‘‘Christchurch is working toward a child-friendly city and that should be done in liaison with young people.’’ Community board chair Mike Mora said there was a long-time need for a skate park in Halswell. ‘‘The domain seems to tick all those location boxes but other ideas could come up in consultation next month,’’ he said. Washington Way was an ‘‘absolutely awesome’’ example of a skate park swarming with life from ‘‘little tots on scooters’’ to ‘‘gray-haired people’’, BMXers, roller bladers, bikes and boards. ‘‘It’s all about physical activity in a good environment,’’ Mora said. Liam Stretch, Christchurch Youth Council secretary in an area of Halswell Park, one of four location options being considered for a city council; recreation and skate park for Halswell. From old church to localbeachhub? ANNAPRICE A cafe, gallery and Friday pop- up restaurant could spring to life in the old Baptist church building in South New Brighton if a local group’s vision for a community centre gains traction. Resident Jane Harrison said a Jane Harrison trust was being set up to look at the feasibility of the project which would go out for comprehensive public consultation. Harrison, whose group Te ‘‘We’ve got this great community but we’re really lacking a hub.’’ Jane Harrison Waka Aroha, South New Brighton, confirmed discussions were underway with Baptist church representatives to consider options which could include buying into the building by funding earthquake repairs or a fit-out, or the possibility of buying the building outright. ‘‘We want a welcoming space here in the heart of South Brighton with something for everyone,’’ Harrison said. ‘‘We’ve lost so much in our area. We’ve got nothing. We’ve got this great community but we’re really lacking a hub. A learning centre in the building and performance venue would be in the mix. The group is currently vying with four other community finalists for the most votes to win a SmartLift ‘‘lifting our community’’ online competition offering free foundation repairs to the tune of $150,000. The group that scores the most votes on the Smartlift Facebook page up to May 31 takes the prize. ‘‘It would be a huge boost,’’ Harrison said.
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