extreme_sports by suchenfz


									                 ‘Extreme’ Sports Strategy
              (Skateboarding/BMX/Freestyle BMX/Inline Skating)
                               JUNE 2002


Part One: ‘Extreme’ Sports Strategy

       Executive Summary                                                                 3
       Vision                                                                            4
       Goals                                                                             4
       Objectives                                                                        4
       Actions                                                                           5
Part Two: Methodology and Strategy Analysis

       Methodology                                                                       10
       Main Outcomes of Public Consultation                                              11
       Process for Community Participation Establishment and Development of Facilities   12
       Recommended Hierarchy of Facilities                                               14
       Existing Policy Context                                                           15
       Relevant Council Surveys                                                          17
       History of Skateboarding, Freestyle BMX and Inline Skating                        18
       Analysis of Existing Facilities                                                   20
       References                                                                        24
       Appendix A: History of Community Involvement in the Provision of Facilities       25
       Appendix B: Stakeboarding/BMX/Skating Meeting 29 January 2002                     28
       Appendix C: Different Components of Parks                                         32
       Appendix D: Bylaw – Skateboards, Roller Skates, and Similar Devices               39

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                    Part One:

              ‘Extreme’ Sports Strategy

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This Strategy has been prepared as a result of sustained public
demand for skateboarding, BMX, freestyle BMX and inline skating
facilities in Tauranga.

Local talent in these sports is flourishing. Tauranga is home to one
of the top New Zealand female skaters (Georgina Matthews),
several renowned freestyle BMX riders (Team Haro – Carl
Cavanagh, Paul Needham, Warren Fryer and crew - and members
of the Bay Freestyle BMX Club), top BMX dirt racers (members of
the Tauranga BMX Club), and New Zealand’s top downhill
mountain-biker (Vanessa Quinn).

A strategic approach was needed to decide if Council would provide
facilities for these codes and their participants, and if so, where and

The vision of the Strategy is to establish Tauranga District as a
leader in the sports of skateboarding, freestyle BMX, BMX, and
inline skating. The goals and objectives of the Strategy aim to
achieve this through the provision of a network of multi-use facilities
across the district that caters for a range of users of varying skill

This vision is supported through research and consultation that was
undertaken in accordance with the Tool Kit – A planning Tool for
Community Consultation and Quality Decision Making in Local
Authorities” prepared by Creative New Zealand and the Hillary

Through the implementation of this Strategy Tauranga District will
have a range of facilities for these sports that are relevant to the
demands of the community and will cater for future generations.

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VISION                                                                        OBJECTIVES
Tauranga District is a leader in the sports of skateboarding,                 •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities, including a city-
freestyle BMX, inline skating, and other associated sports (‘Extreme’             wide facility, community facilities, and neighbourhood facilities
Sports).                                                                          (as set out in Part 2, Page 14)

NB. For the purposes of this Strategy, ‘extreme’ sports relates only          •   To upgrade or rationalise existing facilities to maximise benefit
to the codes listed above, and other non-motorised wheeled sports
of a similar nature. Sports such as motorcross and mountain biking            •   To establish processes for developing facilities that involve
are excluded because the facilities required for these sports are                 Council, the community, and other sectors working together
very different from the requirements of those sports listed above.
                                                                              •   To maintain consistency with Council policy and management
Inline hockey is also excluded from this Strategy because it is a                 plans, including Sportville.
team sport that has a strong club base and is adequately catered for
with a specialised floor provided at the Mount Action Centre.                 •   To provide a safe environment for all users of the facilities.

•     Participation in extreme sports is increased across the district.

•     A variety of multi-use ‘extreme’ sports facilities are provided
      that are flexible and remain relevant over time.

•     Multi-use ‘extreme’ sports facilities are easily accessible

•     Facilities are provided and maintained to a high standard, and
      large facilities are used regularly for events and competitions.

•     The community participates in the use, operation,
      maintenance, and management of ‘extreme’ sports facilities
      through organised clubs, community groups, institutions such
      as schools or churches, and individual involvement.

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ACTIONS (based on the hierarchy of facilities identified in Part 2, Page 14)

ACTION                                                                                           OBJECTIVES          ACHIEVED           THROUGH

Ensure Community Participation in Developing Facilities

Local communities are involved in the establishment and development of facilities through    •   To establish processes for developing new facilities
a defined, stepped process (outlined in Part 2, Page 12))                                        that involve Council, the community, and other
                                                                                                 sectors working together

Develop City-wide Facilities

Development of an outdoor city-wide facility to cater for a range of ‘extreme’ sports and    •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities,
clubs that provide for these sports, including the Tauranga BMX Club.                            including a city-wide facility, community facilities,
Effect on existing facilities:                                                                   and neighbourhood facilities
•      The possible relocation of the Marine Park BMX Track                                  •   To upgrade or rationalise existing facilities to
•      The possible relocation of the vert ramp from Memorial Park                               maximise the benefit of these facilities
                                                                                             •   To maintain consistency with existing Council policy
Identified possible site                                                                         and management plans, including Sportville.
•       17th Avenue to Lawrence Street North (area set aside in the Kopurererua Valley
        Reserve Management Plan)
•       Other site options may need to be explored if this area does not prove viable (due
        to geo-technical issues)

Support for the development of an indoor city-wide facility as part of a youth centre.       •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities,
                                                                                                 including a city-wide facility, community facilities,
Currently the Atomic Events Centre provides valuable indoor space for skating and BMX.           and neighbourhood facilities
The Centre is due to close in June 2002, and Tauranga Moana Youth Trust are interested       •   To maintain consistency with existing Council policy
in establishing a new Youth Centre in the district.                                              and management plans, including Sportville.

It is recommended that any assistance from Council for the development of a new youth
centre include support to develop quality facilities within the centre for skateboarding,
freestyle BMX and freestyle inline skating.

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ACTION                                                                                          OBJECTIVES          ACHIEVED            THROUGH

Develop Community Facilities

Development of a community park servicing Papamoa, in the 2002-2003 Financial Year.             •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities,
                                                                                                    including a city-wide facility, community
The siting of a park on Gordon Spratt Reserve was included in the Gordon Spratt and Alice           facilities, and neighbourhood facilities
Johnson Reserve Management Plan, following submissions from the Papamoa Skateboard              •   To maintain consistency with existing Council
Committee.                                                                                          policy and management plans, including
Approximately $90,000 is available for the development of this park, including funding from
Subdivision Impact Fees.

Development of a community park servicing Otumoetai and Matua.                                  •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities,
                                                                                                    including a city-wide facility, community
This park is proposed as part of the Carlton Street Reserve development. The size and cost          facilities, and neighbourhood facilities
of the park is yet to be determined.

It is recommended that a working party approach be taken to choosing designs for the park.
The park will provide a hard surface – dirt jumps will not be included.

Development of a community park servicing Welcome Bay.                                          •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities,
                                                                                                    including a city-wide facility, community
This park could be either an extension of the existing facility near Welcome Bay Hall, or the       facilities, and neighbourhood facilities
development of a new facility at a new site. Consultation on these possibilities can be         •   To upgrade or rationalise existing facilities to
undertaken as part of the Sportsfields Reserve Management Plan.                                     maximise the benefit of these facilities

Consideration of the future of the Arataki Skate Park.                                          •   To upgrade or rationalise existing facilities to
                                                                                                    maximise the benefit of these facilities
This park is already established as a community park, however with the development of the
Aquatics Centre and the proposed All-weather athletics track on Grenada Park, the future of
this park needs to be considered. There is a proven need for a park within the Arataki area,
and consultation with the local community should be undertaken to consider future provision.

The Hillier Centre have some funding available for use at the Arataki Skate Park.

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ACTION                                                                                                 OBJECTIVES          ACHIEVED            THROUGH

Development of a community park servicing Mount Maunganui.                                             •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities,
                                                                                                           including a city-wide facility, community
Many requests have been made for an area within Mount Maunganui, separate from Arataki.                    facilities, and neighbourhood facilities
It is recommended that a working party approach be taken to establishing a new facility,
including site investigations and concept planning.

Consideration of the relocation or extension of the Marine Park BMX Track                              •   To upgrade or rationalise existing facilities to
                                                                                                           maximise the benefit of these facilities
The Tauranga BMX Club have been based at Marine Park since 1983. They have always
been on a temporary lease that is renewed annually, limiting their ability to develop the club.

The Club should be relocated to form part of the outdoor city-wide facility, if this is feasible. If
not, consideration should be given to extending their existing lease area on Marine Park and
forming a formal lease arrangement with the Club. Such an agreement would create the
potential to work with other groups such as freestyle BMX and skateboarding to provide a
multi-use area on Marine Park.

Explore options of relocation or expanded use of the Memorial Park skate rink.                         •   To maintain consistency with existing Council
                                                                                                           policy and management plans, including
The Tauranga Rollerskating Club would like to establish a new clubroom facility on Memorial                Sportville.
Park next to the skaterink, however this is inconsistent with Sportville policy and the Memorial       •   To upgrade or rationalise existing facilities to
Park Management Plan. Work needs to be undertaken with the Club to establish how many                      maximise the benefit of these facilities
users the rink is currently providing for, and if there are options for expanding the use of the
rink by other codes or relocating the rink to form part of the outdoor city-wide facility.

Provide Small Neighbourhood Facilities

Skating, BMX, or inline facilities that provide for a younger age group with a basic skill level       •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities,
may be considered as part of development of playgrounds, in accordance with the Playground                 including a city-wide facility, community
Location and Development Policy.                                                                           facilities, and neighbourhood facilities

It is recommended that some road reserve areas leading into the Kopurererua Valley be
developed as local areas for skateboarding and BMX.

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ACTION                                                                                          OBJECTIVES         ACHIEVED           THROUGH

Develop Inline Skating Paths

The Kopurererua Valley Reserve Management Plan sets out a hierarchy of                          •   To maintain consistency with existing Council
walkways/cycleways to be established in the Valley, with primary paths providing for all year       policy and management plans, including
pedestrian and cycle access. It is recommended that some of these tracks be developed to            Sportville.
cater for inline skating.                                                                       •   To establish a network of multi-use facilities,
                                                                                                    including a city-wide facility, community
                                                                                                    facilities, and neighbourhood facilities

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          Part Two:

Methodology and Strategy Analysis

METHODOLOGY                                                                               submissions, requests from clubs and organisations, and
                                                                                          the establishment of existing facilities. A summary of the
                                                                                          history is attached to the Strategy (Appendix A).
This document has been prepared following the process outlined in
“The Tool Kit – A Planning Tool for Community Consultation and
Quality Decision-making in Local Authorities”, prepared by the                   4.       Existing situation for other local authorities
Hillary Commission and Creative New Zealand.
                                                                                          Other local authorities were contacted to gain insight into
The approach is outlined below:                                                           how other areas are catering for these sports, both through
                                                                                          policy and provision of facilities.
i)     Initial research is undertaken to determine what has already
       been achieved, and where gaps may exist.                                  5.       Internet Search

ii)    Different methods of consultation are undertaken to find                           Information was gathered off the internet to examine the
       answers to questions highlighted through Step 1.                                   situation with these sports nationally and internationally.
                                                                                          Newspaper articles relating to the sports, dedicated
iii)   The outcomes of the consultation are assessed, and                                 websites, and sports organisation websites were all
       solutions are sought.                                                              examined.

iv)    Possible solutions are discussed and assessed, to form a
       series of recommendations.                                                Consultation
Research                                                                         Once a level of understanding of the sports and the issues involved
                                                                                 in the provision of facilities for these sports was gained, consultation
Research was undertaken to gain an understanding of the sports, of               could begin. The purpose of the consultation was to address “gaps”
some of the key issues, and of ways that these issues have been                  identified in the research, and find out more about the local
addressed by others.                                                             situation.

1.       Research of existing policies                                           The techniques chosen reflect that most of the participation in these
                                                                                 sports is by youths. Advice was sought on the possibility of filling
         A study was conducted on national policy and Council                    out questionnaires or doing surveys. The feedback received was
         policy that is relevant to the provision of facilities for these        that this was not a good method for gaining feedback about these
         sports.                                                                 sports, as the participants would not be interested in filling in
                                                                                 questionnaires or surveys.
2.       Research of Existing Files

3.       A file search was conducted looking at the history of
         providing facilities for these sports, including annual plan

The following consultation was undertaken:                                  ISSUES IDENTIFIED THROUGH CONSULTATION
1.      Meeting with interest groups                                        The main issues identified were:
        A meeting was held with various interest groups involved in         •    An overall acknowledgement that more facilities need to be
        these sports, including participants, lobby groups, facility             provided for these sports
        providers, and clubs.
                                                                            •    Existing facilities are not of a high standard, and some are out
        The purpose of this meeting was to examine the existing                  of date
        situation in Tauranga District, the issues the groups were
                                                                            •    BMX bikes are excluded from several facilities
        facing and possible ways of addressing these issues, and
        what the future might hold for these sports.                        •    Separate facilities that cater for freestyle BMX are not
                                                                                 necessary – this is seen to perpetuate conflicts between
2.      Key Informant interviews                                                 skateboarders and BMX riders
                                                                            •    Good design is paramount – expense and size can be
        Interviews were held with “key informants”, those with
                                                                                 reduced if design is good
        expertise within their specific disciplines. The interviews
        provided a more indepth view of the issues facing each              •    Good design means a lot of variety
                                                                            •    Any design must have input from those who will be using the
                                                                                 facility ie. Local skaters and riders
3.      Observations
                                                                            •    Skaters and riders use an ‘unwritten code’ to regulate the use
        The purpose of doing observations was to gain ‘first-hand’               of facilities, similar to ‘surfing etiquette’. Any regulation
        experience of how existing facilities operate, who is                    beyond this is seen as unnecessary. Users can resolve their
        involved, and what issues are arising.                                   own conflicts
                                                                            •    Basketball half-courts are not well used and should be
        Observations were carried out at Marine Park BMX Track,
                                                                                 replaced with skating/riding facilities
        the Atomic Centre, Arataki Skate Park, 17th Avenue Skate
        Park, Welcome Bay Skate Park, and the Smokefree                     •    Parks should not be called ‘Skate Parks’, they should be given
        Arnette Skate and Brake Jam                                              a more neutral name such as ‘X-Parks’ of ‘Extreme Parks’.
                                                                            •    Parks need to be able to be added to or changed over a
Outcomes and Recommendations                                                     period of time

Upon completion of research and consultation, recurring issues
were identified and assessed. This helped to form the objectives of
the Strategy. Possible solutions were then considered, and a series
of Recommended Actions were identified to achieve the objectives.

PROCESS FOR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN                                            In Tauranga groups have often provided and maintained their own
                                                                                  facilities, or facilities have been developed by community groups.
ESTABLISHMENT AND   DEVELOPMENT     OF                                            Examples are the Marine Park BMX Track which was established
FACILITIES                                                                        and is maintained by the Tauranga BMX Club, several of the
                                                                                  components at the 17th Avenue Skate Park which were provided by
Consultation has highlighted the need for community involvement in                Boardwalk, the Atomic Centre which was established by Youth for
and ‘ownership’ of the development of facilities. The following                   Christ, and the Blake Park and Memorial Park vert ramps which
process sets out how this can occur.                                              were built by Kiwanis.

1.       Consult with interest groups                                             Maintenance is a very important issue to be addressed at this stage.
                                                                                  Ongoing requirements for maintenance by Council may determine
                                                                                  what kind of material is used for the park. Concrete is significantly
There are several established groups that have an active
                                                                                  cheaper to maintain than wooden components, but wood is often
involvement in ‘extreme’ sports facilities, including the Tauranga
                                                                                  preferred by users.
BMX Club, Youth Extreme Street Skate (YESS), and the Bay
Freestyle BMX Club. These groups can provide valuable links to
users in areas, and can help in the assessment of demand for a                    4.        Site selection
certain facility.
                                                                                  The type of facility and general location of the facility to be
The Tauranga Moana Youth Trust (TMYT) and the YMCA are also                       developed will be consistent with the Actions of the Strategy, and
involved in provision of facilities for ‘extreme’ sports, as part of their        should maintain consistency with management plans and other
youth service delivery programmes.                                                Council policy.

2.       Form a project team                                                      In some cases sites may already have been identified as part of
                                                                                  overall park concept plans and reserve management plans. Work
                                                                                  may also include upgrade of existing sites. The following factors
Consultation has identified the need for users to be involved in the
                                                                                  should be taken into consideration when looking at new sites.
development of new facilities from the outset. A project team
should therefore be established to work through the process, and
                                                                                  Known Demand:
along with local users and council staff could include
representatives from interested groups such as the YMCA, TMYT,
                                                                                  This could be identified through Annual Plan submissions,
councillors and local residents.
                                                                                  approaches from groups in the local area, or from existing facilities
                                                                                  used in the area.
3.       Establish the budget
                                                                                  Site location and accessibility
This stage is very important in determining what Council will provide
and what alternative funding sources will be sought.
                                                                                  It has been identified through consultation that sites that are near
                                                                                  commercial areas and are easily accessible by public transport are
                                                                                  desirable. This may not always be achievable due to potential
conflict with retailers, however buy-in should be sought through                 businesses, nearby residents and other stakeholders should be kept
consultation. There should be good visibility of sites to allow                  informed throughout the process.
passive surveillance to prevent anti-social behaviour. Noise can
also be a factor in residential areas. Design techniques should be               6.       Development approvals
used to maximise visibility and minimise noise. Sites that are close
to other recreation, community, and youth-related facilities are                 Development approvals may include resource consents, building
desirable as they provide opportunities for public surveillance and              permits and earth-working consents. This process may need to be
combined use of resources.                                                       publicly notified which is why good public consultation prior and
                                                                                 during this process is essential.
                                                                                 7.       Tendering the project
The design of facilities should meet the desires of users and be
complementary to existing facilities. Flexibility is of vital importance         The process for constructing the facility should have already been
in order to keep the park relevant over time, and to hold interest.              determined during the establishment of the budget. Any large-scale
‘Ownership’ of the facility by users is essential to ensure the facility         projects should be tendered out and built by experts to ensure the
is appropriately managed and maintained.                                         facility is safe, and to minimise the maintenance costs.

The following are issues to be considered when designing parks:                  8.       Construction of the facility
i)     Ensure a range of skill levels are catered for                            All specifications should be met, including those for gradients and
ii)    Design for flexibility – moveable components create maximum               transitions. All surfaces should be smooth.
                                                                                 9.       Ongoing maintenance and management
iii)   Use of the existing contours of the site
iv)    Choice of materials – this will dictate usage and maintenance             This will be based on the process previously agreed during Step 3 –
                                                                                 Establishment of the Budget.
v)     Design to maintain ‘traffic flow’ to improve safety
vi)    The need for secondary facilities – consider seating, shade,              Maintenance on these facilities is historically high, due to the type of
       availability of toilets and drinks (water taps or drink machines),        use, the need to control graffiti, cleaning and general repair. During
       landscaping, and areas for spectators.                                    consultation it was explained that ramps need to be ‘reskinned’
                                                                                 (plywood replaced) annually. New methods of construction may
5.        Consult with the community                                             reduce maintenance costs, and these options should be explored.
                                                                                 In general, concrete constructions are cheaper to maintain than
Methods for consulting with the community should be determined                   wood, however wood is preferred by most users.
and administered by the project team. It may be appropriate to
consult at the beginning of the process if a new site is being                   The maintenance and renewal of these facilities should be
established, or after a concept plan has been developed. Local                   incorporated into reserves and facilities asset management plans.

Management                                                                  RECOMMENDED HIERARCHY OF FACILITIES
Most of the existing facilities in Tauranga are unsupervised and are
                                                                            It is proposed that a network of facilities that cater for all skills, are
maintained by Council. Some exceptions are the Atomic Centre
                                                                            easily accessible, and provide variety are provided across the
and the Marine Park BMX Track. The Atomic Centre is operated by
                                                                            district. The following outlines the proposed hierarchy of facilities.
the Tauranga Moana Youth Trust who have a lease on the building.
The Marine Park BMX Track site is leased to the Tauranga BMX
Club, on a temporary one year lease.                                        City-Wide Facility

If facilities are to be managed by Council, they will operate in the        This facility would be a large multi-use outdoor facility that is family
same way as playgrounds do.           They will generally remain            oriented.      The facility could provide for freestyle BMX,
unsupervised and will be included in asset management plans.                skateboarding, and freestyle inline as well as dirt BMX racing, dirt
                                                                            freestyle BMX, and possibly mountain biking and roller skating.
If facilities are to be managed by clubs or community groups, other
arrangements may be reached, including issuing licences to occupy           Community Facilities
or establishing service level agreements with community groups to
ensure facilities are managed and maintained. Different options can         These are formal facilities provided in different locations around the
be explored with the project team at the time of developing new             district, to cater for the needs of the codes. Existing community
projects.                                                                   facilities include Arataki Skate Park and Seventeenth Avenue Skate

                                                                            Community facilities will usually be provided on ‘active’ reserves,
                                                                            those that are used for more formal sport rather than passive

                                                                            It is proposed that a network of community facilities be established
                                                                            around the district.

                                                                            Neighbourhood Facilities
                                                                            Neighbourhood facilities are small facilities that generally cater for a
                                                                            younger age group with a basic skill level. An existing example is
                                                                            the Welcome Bay Skate Park.

                                                                            These facilities may be considered as ‘playgrounds’, and as such
                                                                            the Playground Location and Development Policy can be used to
                                                                            establish these, where community demand exists.

Neighbourhood facilities may be located on neighbourhood                    This Strategy enables youth to participate in the provision of
reserves, that are generally used for passive, informal recreation.         facilities for ‘extreme’ sports, in alignment with the principles of the
                                                                            Youth Development Strategy.
Some examples of neighbourhood facilities may be green spaces
where top soil is provided to be moulded by the local community             Strategic Directions – Vision 2020
into jumps for BMX, or a smooth concrete pad is installed to provide
a place for the local community to use wooden skate ramps instead           In the preparation of Strategic Directions, extensive consultation
of putting them on footpaths or on the road.                                with Tauranga’s Youth was undertaken.

                                                                            The ideas and outcomes were published in Voices Of the Future:
EXISTING POLICY CONTEXT                                                     Young People’s Visions, in December 1997. This document
                                                                            presents the ideas of over 800 youth, including primary,
The purpose of this section is to illustrate how the Strategy fits          intermediate, and secondary school children, and youth who took
within Council’s existing policy framework, and within broader              part in special focus groups. The ideas were presented through
national youth development policy. A summary of various relevant            poems, drawings, models, videos, multi-media presentation,
policies and the connection with this Strategy is provided.                 speeches, and group discussions.

Ministry of Youth Affairs Youth Development Strategy                        The main themes to emerge were:

This strategy is based on six principles revolving around the               •     The need for multi-use facilities, where several activities can
connection of youth to the community and the ability of youth to                  be enjoyed.
participate in society. The policy states that effective youth              •     The need for more family-oriented facilities.
participation is achieved when youth are:
                                                                            •     The need for facilities that provided multi-faceted, three-
•    Informed                                                                     dimensional fun. Images of rollercoasters, hydro-slides, and
                                                                                  structures going up, down, and sideways were prevalent.
•    Have an effect on outcomes
                                                                            When asked what facilities they wanted, young people identified
•    Have opportunities to organise themselves
                                                                            swimming complexes, multi-use indoor sports centres, and skate
•    Can make decisions or be involved in decision-making                   parks at the top of their list.
•    Are involved in ‘follow-up’ once decisions are made
                                                                            Following on from the Vision 2020 consultation, Strategic Directions
                                                                            sets out four key areas for helping the community achieve its
In relation to sports and recreation, this can be achieved through
                                                                            aspirations. One of these areas is:
young people having their own space in communities, and having
opportunities to develop these spaces themselves.

Community Self-reliance: A community creating its own future                 •    Community Development – Council promotes and enables the
                                                                                  community to create its own leisure opportunities.
A key aspect is:
                                                                             This strategy applies the principles and goals of the Leisure
Meeting the Needs of a Growing Community.                                    Strategy.

Tauranga District Council intends to make this happen:                       Events Support Policy
•     By research which identifies long term needs for sports and            This Policy aims to enable events to benefit Tauranga in various
      recreation facilities.                                                 ways, including:
•     By funding investigations for major sporting and recreation
      facilities                                                             •    Increasing community participation in events
•     By partnerships with various groups.                                   •    Increasing the variety and scope of events available
•     By supporting community initiatives.                                   •    Addressing community needs and interests through events
                                                                             •    Increasing and expanding positive lifestyle options
These identified actions are achieved through this Strategy.
                                                                             This Strategy aims to apply the principles of the Events Support
Leisure Strategy                                                             Policy by creating spaces where new events can occur, and by
                                                                             supporting community groups to use these spaces for events.
The Leisure Strategy sets the principles for leisure provision in the
Tauranga District. The Vision of the Strategy is:                            Sportville
      “All Tauranga residents enjoying access to and                         Sportville is a proposal developed by the Hillary Commission to
      participation opportunities in a diversity of quality                  work with user groups to attain maximum use of facilities and
      leisure opportunities                                                  rationalise expenditure by users, Council and other groups.
In relation to this Strategy, Council’s contribution to leisure is           The concept is usually applied to organised sports clubs and
identified as:                                                               grounds such as Blake Park or Fergusson Park, however, the same
                                                                             concept can be used when looking at facilities for semi-structured
•     Growth and Development – Council plans for the provision               groups and individuals. This Strategy applies the principles of
      and availability of leisure opportunities to keep pace with the        Sportville by aiming to provide facilities that are multi-use and are
      growth of the city.                                                    established in partnership with the community.
•     Participation – Council encourages people taking part and
      enjoying leisure.

Positive Living Policy                                                        RELEVANT COUNCIL SURVEYS
This is a new policy that is currently being developed. The policy
                                                                              These surveys have been conducted recently, reflecting the
will identify groups involved in community development, and will
                                                                              community and youth perceptions of priorities for Council.
define Council’s role in community development, and how Council
will work with these groups.
                                                                              Resident Perceptions of Priorities
This Strategy provides facilities for youth, and will come under the
Positive Living Policy.                                                       This was a survey undertaken in December 2000, using focus
                                                                              groups to identify what the local community felt Council should be
Skateboard Prohibition Bylaw
                                                                              In this survey, priorities that received the majority of support were
The Skateboard Prohibition Bylaw (Appendix C) was brought into                those that focused on families, children, and youth. This reflected a
effect in 1997 to protect the CBD areas of Tauranga, Mount                    philosophy that investing in young people was essential to
Maunganui, and Greerton from damage caused by skateboards,                    developing a generation who would contribute to society.
and frustration caused to pedestrians. The bylaw also prohibits the
use of inline skates in these areas. Authorised officers have the             When asked if youth entertainment was something Council should
power to seize and impound skateboards or similar devices, which              do, 70% of those surveyed agreed that it was something Council
can then be collected from Council for a fee.                                 should do, with a further 26% rating it as something Council should
The bylaw has been very effective in curbing the use of skateboards           maybe do.
or inline skates in these areas, and retailers are generally happy to
have the bylaw in place.                                                      Student Views – A study of Year 13 Secondary School
The bylaw does, however, raise the need to provide alternative
venues for participants in these sports to pursue their chosen                Students
sporting code. Street skating and freestyle inline are very popular,
and facilities that mimic the street environment are well used across         This study was undertaken in the first school term of 2002, and
the country. Tauranga has taken steps in the right direction with the         involved a survey of 396 Year 13 (Form 7) students from the five
development of the 17th Avenue Skate Park and Arataki Skate Park.             secondary schools in the district.
It is proposed that a network of facilities will be established around
the district to complement these existing facilities.                         One survey questions asked students to prioritise a list of projects
                                                                              as being of high, medium, or low priority. (See Appendix B) Building
                                                                              a multi-use ‘extreme’ sports facility was rated as a high priority by
                                                                              46% of those surveyed, with a further 29% listing it as a medium
                                                                              priority. The development of skateboarding facilities on Carlton
                                                                              Street Reserve ranked as a high priority with 28%of those surveyed,
                                                                              and as a medium priority by 36% of those surveyed.

HISTORY     OF     SKATEBOARDING,                                               surfing roots to a focus on the urban environment. ‘Street’ skate
                                                                                By the Nineties street skating had become the most popular form of
Based on The Skate Facility Guide, by Sport and                                 skateboarding. The sport saw a decline during the world recession
Recreation Victoria                                                             in 1991, but the advent of snowboarding led to a boom in
                                                                                skateboarding again. By the Mid-nineties skateboarding was
And                                                                             ranked as the sixth largest participant sport in the USA.

                                                                                The late Nineties saw local authorities introducing regulations to
Textbook History of Freestyle BMX from bmxtrix.com
                                                                                restrict skating in commercial areas, due to the damage being
                                                                                caused to property, especially walls and benches, and increasing
Skateboarding                                                                   conflicts with pedestrians.
Skateboarding as a commercial activity began in the USA in 1959                 Along with the regulations came a need to provide other spaces for
when the first skateboards were manufactured. The sport quickly                 skaters to use, and extensive development of street-style skate
progressed from operating mainly in streets and on footpaths, to                parks took place.
contests being held and purpose-built facilities being built. These
facilities reflected the surfing roots of skateboarding, using wave-like        Today’s facilities aim to cater for a wide range of users, including
forms and mounds.                                                               BMX riders, inline skaters, and in some cases inline hockey.
1965 saw a crash in the sport, due to inferior products generating              The sports are likely to continue to diversify.
public hostility towards the sport because of the amount of
accidents being caused. Skating went ‘underground’.

The Seventies saw a revival of the sport as new products were
developed and the first dedicated skate parks were built. ‘Street
skate’ started to develop, taking its roots from gymnastic-type
moves rather than surfing. The sport became synonymous with
punk and new wave music, but was again shunned by the public as
injury rates climbed. Many skate parks were subsequently closed in
the USA because they were uninsurable.

This trend of demolishing skate parks continued in the USA in the
early Eighties, while elsewhere in the world the sport was beginning
to develop. A number of ‘vert’ ramps were being established in
Australia, and in 1984 ‘vert’ riding took hold in the USA. Freestyle
skating followed, and skaters began to move further away from

Freestyle BMX                                                                  fitness and transportation, with paths designed specifically to cater
                                                                               for inline skates.
The history of freestyle BMX is more difficult to trace than that of
skateboarding. The sport has only recently become a major player               New Zealand examples can be seen in Hagley Park in Christchurch,
on the local scene – evidenced by the lack of facilities currently             where tracks that cater specifically for inline skating and cycling
catering for the sport.                                                        have been installed, and along the Wellington waterfront.

The sport appears to have developed from BMX dirt racing, which                Overall points to consider
can be seen in the leather clothes that were worn by freestylers in
the early Eighties. Contests were held throughout the Eighties,                Today, ‘extreme’ sports have a sub-culture of their own, with strong
mainly focussing on ‘flat-land’ riding and on ‘vert’ ramps.                    links to the music, fashion, and events industry. There are
                                                                               professionals in all sports who receive sponsorship not only from
Bikes were generally of poor quality, however, and by 1990-1991                equipment manufacturers, but also from clothes manufacturers, the
the sport was in a state of decline due to a lack of innovation in the         music industry, and the communications industry.
                                                                               A good local example of this is Team Haro, a team of freestyle BMX
1992 saw a revival of the sport as the industry developed new                  riders who travel the country performing at events such as the Big
designs for bikes that allowed riders more flexibility in doing tricks.        Day Out. Based in Tauranga, the team is sponsored by Haro (BMX
New companies were established and the events market flourished                bicycle manufacturers), Vodafone (telecommunications company)
with the inclusion of street-style riding. The development of the              and Adidas (clothing manufacturers).
Extreme Games also helped raise the profile of freestyle BMX.
                                                                               With such a strong base, the sports can no longer be considered to
By 1995 ESPN had become involved in the events market, ensuring                be trends or fads, and should be provided for in the same manner
freestyle BMX was beamed into homes all over the world. Street-                that conventional sporting codes are provided for.
style freestyle BMX riding had become the most popular type of
riding, and the freestyle BMX industry was flourishing.

The rise of the sport continues in New Zealand today, with freestyle
BMX bikes being among the highest sales for bicycle retailers
around the country.

Inline Skating

Inline skates were developed in the 1970s in Minnesota, for ice
hockey players to use for practice during the off-season. The
concept quickly caught on, and now inline skates are used for

ANALYSIS OF EXISTING FACILITIES                                          Blake Park Skate Ramp
                                                                         Built in 1989 also, this skate ramp is similar to the Memorial Park
Memorial Park Skate Ramp                                                 ramp.
Built in 1989, this is a wooden ramp, referred to as a vert ramp.        Again, it can only be used by experienced skaters, though it is more
Signs exclude use by BMX riders.                                         popular than the Memorial Park ramp and is slightly smaller in size,
                                                                         and the transitions are smoother.
The size and gradient of the ramp mean it can only be used by
‘experts’. Users explained that the transitions have been poorly
formed, making the ramp ‘bumpy’ and ‘uncomfortable’ to ride.

Welcome Bay Skate Park
This is a small park consisting of a concrete base, suitable for
beginners. It does not provide any jumps or ramps.

Seventeenth Avenue Skate Park
This skate park is comprised of a large asphalt area with wooden
and steel components bolted to the asphalt. The park provides
ramps, grind boxes, grinding rails, a fun box, a spine ramp, and a
grindable table. It also has a small shade shelter, a water tap, a
power box, and a pole where lights and security cameras can be
installed It is considered to be the best skate park in Tauranga,
however BMX riders are prohibited from using the park and some of
the components in the park are in need of repair.

Arataki Skate Park                                                          The Atomic Centre
This park is a concrete-based area providing a funbox, grindrails,          The Atomic Centre was established by Youth for Christ in 1999 as a
steps, and handrails. Bikes are not prohibited from using the park,         centre for several youth activities. The centre has been managed
however the size of the park restricts use by bikes. There are signs        by the Tauranga Moana Youth Trust since October 2001.
up advising how the park should be used. A basketball half-court is
also located on the site.                                                   The Atomic Centre is the only indoor centre in Tauranga that
                                                                            provides facilities for skateboarding and freestyle BMX. It is also
                                                                            the only facility effectively catering for freestyle BMX. The centre is
                                                                            used extensively by members of the Bay Freestyle BMX Club.

                                                                            The Centre includes several ramps, a mini vert ramp, and several

                                                                            The Centre is due to close in May 2002, which will effectively leave
                                                                            freestyle BMX with no facilities.

Marine Park BMX Track                                                           Memorial Park Rollerskating Rink
The Marine Park BMX Track is leased to the Tauranga BMX Club,                   The roller skating rink at Memorial Park was used extensively by the
on a temporary one-year lease. This lease has been continuously                 Tauranga Rollerskating Club, however usage has declined in recent
renewed since 1983.                                                             years.

The track is a dirt and tarseal facility with a start gate set up on two        The rink offers a large, flat concrete area set into the ground with
railway containers. These containers are used as a tuck shop and                seating provided around the perimeter.
storage area. The track is very well-maintained and operated, with
club members regularly reconfiguring the course. Jumps have also
been developed for freestyle dirt jumping.

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Petkovic, Papakura, Auckland.

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Enterprises Ltd, Oakura, Taranaki.

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Youth Recreation Facilities.    Christchruch City Council,

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BMX Cycling Stategy. Christchurch City Council, Christchurch.

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Personal Communication on February 2nd 2002.

Appendix A                                                                  funding for development was allocated, however it was discovered
                                                                            that because the land was zoned Residential in the Notified District
                                                                            Plan a resource consent would be required. Eventually the money
HISTORY OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE                                     allocated for the Otumoetai Skate Park was re-allocated to the
                                                                            development of the 17th Avenue facility.
                                                                            A skate park is currently proposed to be included in the
Youth Services and Facilities                                               development of Carlton Street Reserve. A local group of teenagers
                                                                            has raised $1500 to go towards the facility, and have organised a
Over the years, several organisations have aimed to set up youth            raffle to raise further funds.
services in Tauranga. Examples are the ARK (a youth niteclub),
Youth Vision Trust, the Youth Council, and most recently the                1995: Submission to the Annual Plan for a skate Park at Memorial Park
Tauranga Moana Youth Trust (TMYT).
                                                                            This submission was prepared by Tauranga Skateboarders and
Council resolved to support the formation of TMYT in May 2000.              Rollerbladers United, a group that has since disbanded.
TMYT operate the Atomic Events Centre in Cameron Road, a
facility that provides space for youth activities such as                   The submission for a skate park at Memorial Park included a
skateboarding, BMX, break-dancing and “hanging-out”. Council                petition with 2350 signatures attached, and letters of support from
have provided financial assistance to the Centre, as well as a grant        Mainstreet Tauranga, Community Sport, Sport BOP, NZ Police,
to TMYT.                                                                    Tauranga Boys College, Otumoetai Intermediate, YMCA, ASB
                                                                            Bank, Westpac, and Island Style/Boardwalk.
Skateboarding Facilities
                                                                            The submission was referred to the Management Plan process,
1988: Memorial Park and Blake Park Skate Ramps                              where it was ruled out as an option for Memorial Park.

These ramps were both built by the Kiwanis Club, with funding               1996: Arataki Skate Park
secured from Council and retailers in the Blake Park case. In the
year following construction, several requests for plans and funding         The local community raised $8200 for construction of this facility,
information were received from Local Authorities across the country.        with Council contributing a further $51,800.

1994 – 2001: Proposed Otumoetai Skate Park                                  The Hillier Centre has been very involved in this facility, and
                                                                            currently has $10,000 that they would like to contribute towards
Several requests have been received for a skate park in Otumoetai.          expanding the skate park. Council are not permitting this at present
The Matua Residents and Ratepayers Association were involved in             because of the aquatic facility process and the anti-social problems
this process. A site assessment was done on Matua Park,                     that have been occurring at the skate park.
Fergusson Park, Hall Road Reserve, and Otumoetai Rail Reserve.
Otumoetai Rail Reserve was chosen as the preferred site and

1998: Seventeenth Avenue Skate Park                                          2000: Atomic Events Centre

Since the bylaw that banned skateboarding the CBD was enforced,              The Atomic Events Centre was set up by Youth for Christ to provide
skaters began using the netball courts on Cliff Road. Boardwalk              a ‘hang-out zone’ for youth. The Centre provides ramps for
installed ramps at the site, however residents became increasingly           skateboarding and freestyle BMX and freestyle inline skating along
agitated at the ‘anti-social’ behaviour and high noise levels.               with numerous other activities for youth to participate in.

The problems continued to escalate, with several meetings being              The Centre is now run by the Tauranga Moana Youth Trust, with a
held with Council staff, residents, and skateboarders. The final             grant from Council of $25,000 a year to contribute to the rent of the
result was the establishment of a working party to arrange a site for        facility.
re-locating the skateboarders. The working party established the
Seventeenth Avenue facility, and since then the group has                    BMX Facilities
continued to operate under the title Y.E.S.S. (Youth Extreme Street
Skate).                                                                      1983-2002: Marine Park
2000: Welcome Bay Skate Park                                                 The Tauranga BMX Club has been based at Marine Park on a
                                                                             temporary one year lease since 1983. The club has always
Y.E.S.S were again very active in the development of this skate              provided and maintained its own facilities, with occasional minor
park, canvassing residents in the area and gaining support for the           assistance from Council.

2000: Gordon Spratt Reserve Management Plan – Proposed Skate Park
                                                                             Freestyle BMX Facilities
                                                                             The Atomic Centre is the only facility in Tauranga currently
A submission was made during the preparation of the Management
                                                                             providing for Freestyle BMX.
Plan requesting that a skate facility be included in the development
of Gordon Spratt Reserve. This was approved, subject to a site
                                                                             The Bay Freestyle BMX Club made a submission to the 2001-2002
being selected within the Reserve. A group from Papamoa formed
                                                                             Annual Plan requesting an indoor facility for freestyle BMX. Several
the Papamoa Sports Skateboard Park Committee, and began to
                                                                             letters of support were attached, including letters from the New
raise funding for the facility.
                                                                             Zealand Police, Mount Maunganui College, Cycle Action Tauranga,
                                                                             Repco Sport, and the YMCA.
Siting for the skate park is now been approved, with construction
work due to commence in the 2002-2003 financial year.
                                                                             Temporary freestyle BMX facilities were set up by the Bay Freestyle
                                                                             BMX Club at Blake Park. These have since been removed due to
Members of the Papamoa Skateboard Committee are also
                                                                             the development of the park.
members of Y.E.S.S.

Multi-Use Leisure Park Proposal
This proposal was put forward by Jeff McDonald through a
submission to the 1999-2000 Annual Plan. The proposal is for an
outdoor area that provides facilities for BMX, skateboarding,
freestyle BMX and inline skating, as well as a family picnic area and
cycling track for novices.

The proposal led to an area in the Kopurererua Valley being set
aside, through the reserve management plan, to be considered “for
future active and recreational activities”. This area is located
between the end of Seventeenth Avenue and Laurence Street

Appendix B                                                                      Basis for Discussion

                                                                                •   What are the existing facilities available to each sport? What is
      SKATEBOARDING/BMX/SKATING MEETING                                             the usage of these facilities?
                                                                                •   Are the existing facilities meeting the current requirements of the
                                th                                                  sport?
             Tuesday 29 January 2002
                                                                                •   What are the future requirements of the sport?
                                                                                •   What are the ‘cross-overs’ between any of the sports? Can the
                                                                                    same facility be used by several of the codes?

Purpose                                                                         •   What are the barriers to the sports using the same facilities?
                                                                                    Can these be overcome?
To bring ‘wheeled sports’ groups together to discuss the needs of
their sports and how these groups could work together and work                  Attendance
with Council to establish a clear direction for providing facilities for
these groups.                                                                   Jeff                          Tauranga Inline Hockey Club
                                                                                Jonnie Mead                   Youth Extreme Street Skate (Y.E.S.S)
Background                                                                      Steve Patton                  Tauranga Moana Youth Trust / Atomic
Through the 2001-2002 Annual Plan process submissions were                      Jeff McDonald                 Annual Plan submitter – multi-use
made from several groups for facilities to be provided for Freestyle            leisure park
BMX and Skateboarding.                                                          Patty Newman                  Tauranga Roller Skating Club
                                                                                Adam Shackelford              Bay Freestyle BMX Club
Council identified other similar groups facing issues with their                Debbie Standen                Bay Freestyle BMX Club
existing facilities, such as the Tauranga Roller Skating Club and the           Mike Bibby                    Cycle Action Tauranga
Tauranga BMX club.                                                              Iris Thomas                   Cycle Action Tauranga
                                                                                Jodie Dillon                  Facilities/Reserves Planner, Tauranga
It was decided to bring groups or clubs representing the various                District Council
codes together, to investigate the needs to the codes and potential             Vaughan Cruickshank           Leisure    Liaison   Officer,   Tauranga
ways for the groups to work together and with Council, to give                  District Council
Council a clear direction on where and how facilities could be                  Joel Van Ameringen            Tauranga District Council Councillor
provided for these groups.                                                      Larry Baldock                 Tauranga District Council Councillor

                                                                                Apologies:                    Kelvyn Eglinton, Sport BOP

                                                                              There are no existing facilities specifically for Freestyle BMX.
                                                                              Currently use:
Existing facilities and Issues facing each group                              •   Skate parks mentioned above
Youth Extreme Street Skate                                                    •   Atomic Centre
                                                                              •   Skate ramps mentioned above
Existing Facilities for skating:
                                                                              •   The street
•   Seventeenth Avenue Skate Park
•   Arataki Skate Park                                                        Issues:
•   Welcome Bay Skate Park                                                    •   No facilities
•   Memorial Park Skate Ramp                                                  •   Atomic centre is good, but is used by others, and isn’t
•   Blake Park Skate Ramp
                                                                              •   Size of bikes means Arataki and Welcome Bay Skate Park are
•   Atomic Centre
                                                                                  too small, and there are signs up saying “No Bikes” at 17th
                                                                                  Avenue, Memorial Park, and Blake Park.
Proposed new facilities at:
                                                                              •   Skate ramps at Memorial Park and Blake Park are too high and
•   Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa
                                                                                  can only be used by experienced riders
•   Carlton Street Reserve, Otumoetai
                                                                              •   Difficult to use buses to travel because can’t take bikes on the
•   Bylaws prohibit skating in downtown Tauranga and Mount                    Tauranga Roller Skating Club
    Maunganui, and in Greerton Village
                                                                              Existing Facilities:
•   Currently quite well catered for, but based on a lot of hard work.
    YESS formed out of a need to do something for skaters after               •   Memorial Park rollerskating rink
    bylaws were put in place.
                                                                              •   Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre (for competitions only)
•   Skate ramps at Memorial Park and Blake Park are out of date,
    and can only be used by experienced skaters                               Issues:
                                                                              •   Club building has been removed, making it difficult for the club
Bay Freestyle BMX Club
                                                                                  to operate
Existing facilities:

Tauranga Inline Hockey Club                                                  Tauranga BMX Club (not represented at meeting)

Existing Facilities:                                                         Existing Facilities
•   Custom built floor at Mount Action Centre                                •   Marine Park BMX race track

Issues:                                                                      Issues:
•   No major issues – existing facility is adequate, though from time        •   Marine Park track is on a temporary lease only – renewed
    to time other users such as soccer and field hockey cause                    yearly. This has been the situation since 1983.
    damage. Would like to expand in the future to have a full-sized
    rink and changing areas to host national tournaments.                    Other points raised in discussion

Atomic Centre                                                                •   Rollerskating cannot be done on the Mount Action Centre inline
                                                                                 hockey floor, as the surface has small ‘grooves’ that are not
This centre is based in a warehouse on Cameron Road. It was                      good for rollerskating. Skateboards also don’t run well on this
originally set up by Youth for Christ, but is now run by the Tauranga            type of floor – can’t pick up enough speed.
Moana Youth Trust. The facility provides ramps for skating and
freestyle BMX, and inline skating.                                           •   Freestyle BMX and skateboarding can use the same kind of
                                                                                 facility, but not at the same time on the existing facilities
Issues:                                                                          because they are too small and accidents happen.

•   The lease on the building is only short-term. The Youth Trust is         •   Wooden ramps are the best for skating and Freestyle BMX.
    currently looking for a more permanent base, which will be               •   Dirt jumping is a totally different style from Freestyle, so
    developed into a Youth Centre with indoor and outdoor facilities             freestyle can’t be accommodated at Marine Park.
    for skating, BMX etc.
                                                                             •   An indoor facility is ‘the ultimate’ for some groups, but is
Jeff McDonald – Multi-Purpose Leisure Park                                       expensive to set up and maintain.

Jeff has made two submissions to the Annual Plan to develop a                We discussed the potential of the groups to work together to have
multi-use leisure park off the end of 17th Avenue. The park would            one city-wide dedicated area that provides for all the codes.
include separate facilities for each sport, but in one area. Jeff’s
original design includes a skateboard circuit, a BMX racetrack, a            This could mean having a skate park, freestyle BMX area,
cycle and rollerblading track, and a child cycle track. Additional           rollerskating rink and dirt BMX racetrack all side by side. Then the
facilities are a toilet and refreshment block, a commentator box,            groups could combine their use of toilets/changing rooms,
seating, and a family picnic or BBQ area.                                    carparking area, shade covers, sound systems, and possibly

Outcome of the meeting

Jodie and Vaughan will prepare a plan to go to Council, indicating
that these groups are willing to work together to have a city-wide
multi-use venue, with smaller facilities being provided in other

Proposed process for preparing the plan:

1. Jodie and Vaughan will talk to youth representing the different
   sports about their ideas, and whether they would support such a
2. Jodie and Vaughan will write an initial plan.
3. The plan will be sent to those represented at the first meeting.
4. A second meeting will be held to get agreement on the plan.
5. The plan will then be presented to Council.
6. Money will be budgeted into the Annual Plan for site
   investigations, design and costing work to be done.
7. The group may need to make a submission to the Annual Plan
   in support of this funding being approved.

Appendix C


Vertical (Vert) Ramp

These ramps primarily cater for advanced users. They need to be
carefully designed to ensure the curve of the radius is not too tight.
If this occurs, the ramp becomes difficult to ride.
                                                                              This is an overhanging edge that runs the full width of a ramp, and
Local examples are the Memorial Park vert ramp and the Blake                  is usually constructed from galvanised steel piping. It acts as a
Park vert ramp. Feedback indicates the Memorial Park ramp has                 launch to enable tricks to be performed. It needs to be correctly
not been designed correctly – the transition is too tight and the ramp        installed, as if the coping protrudes too far from the edge of the
is not smooth to ride. Blake Park appears to be better designed.              ramp, it can be too abrupt for takeoff.

Retro-fitting Vert Ramps                                                   The Quarter-pipe

Many vert ramps are stand-alone structures that are no longer well-
used. This is the case with Memorial Park and Blake Park. The
ramps can, however, be integrated into new parks. The following is
an example of a ‘retro-fitted’ ramp

The ramp has been cut down in size and on-ramps and off-ramps
have been added.

                                                                           Quarter pipes can be designed to cater for beginner, intermediate,
                                                                           and advanced skaters. They are used to ‘drop-in’ from varying
                                                                           heights, enabling speed and access to the rest of the park.

Mini Ramps

Mini-ramps differ from vert ramps in that they are smaller and don’t
have a vertical section at the top of each transition (or radius). They
can be used by all skill levels, and are easy to incorporate into other
components of a park. The following picture indicate how the ramps
can be connected to other components.

Spine ramp                                                                 Launch Ramp

A spine ramp consists of two quarter pipes positioned back to back,        A launch ramp is a small version of a quarter pipe. They may be
with two pieces of coping forming the ‘spine’ of the ramp.                 curved or flat, and are used by beginners and the experienced to
                                                                           practice tricks.

Wedge ramp                                                               Grind rails

Wedge ramps are often used as connecting components that allow           These components may be constructed at varying heights, and
users to launch onto another piece of equipment. They are used by        allow users to ‘slide’ along the rail. Varying sizes and shapes
all skill levels.                                                        should be used in each park, for example square or round poles.

Manual Pads                                                             Pyramid

These pads are commonly built of concrete, with a metal edge            This obstacle is often a main feature of a park, because it can be
around the top of the pad. They allow users to ‘grind’ along the        approached from various angles. Users sometimes complain that
edges of the pad.                                                       the pyramid is the same on all four sides, so it doesn’t add variety to
                                                                        the park. Adding a grind rail or a curved transition can make it more

Fun Box                                                                     Curved Ledge

If designed correctly, this structure can offer a lot of variety for        This ledge has two functions – it can create an edge to a park, that
users. Access on and off the box is very important to allow users to        users can grind along and then re-enter the park. It suits several
build up speed, and then to be able to exit the box safely.                 users.

Appendix D                                                                     3.17.5.     If an authorised officer is satisfied, whether from his or her
                                                                                           own observations or otherwise, that an offence has ben
                                                                                           committed against this bylaw, he or she may immediately
a.        SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER SKATES AND SIMILAR                                           seize and impound the skateboard, roller skates or similar
          DEVICES                                                                          device concerned (thereafter referred to as “the
                                                                                           impounded device”.)
3.17.1     In this bylaw
                                                                               3.17.6.     The Council shall keep the impounded device in a secure
           “Authorised Officer” means any Police Constable or                              place provided for this purpose.
           officer of the Council appointed especially or generally to
           enforce this Bylaw.                                                 3.17.7.     Any person claiming the impounded device shall:
           “Skateboard” means a wheeled device controlled or                             1. Satisfy the Council or an authorised officer that he or she
           propelled by gravity and/or by the muscular energy of the                        is the owner of or is otherwise entitled to the custody and
           rider but does not include bicycles, tricycles, wheelchairs,                     control of the impounded device.
           baby or invalid carriages.
                                                                                         2. Supply the Council or authorised officer with their name
           “Roller Skates” include those with 4 wheels per skate                            and address.
           and inline skates.
                                                                                         3. Pay to the Council a fee of such amount as the Council
           “Prohibited Area” means those streets, footpaths and                             may determine by resolution.
           public places defined in the schedule hereto labelled
           “Map 3A Tauranga”, “Map 3B Mount Maunganui”, and                    3.17.8.     Upon satisfaction of the requirements in clause 3.17.7 of
           “Map 3C Greerton”.                                                              this Bylaw the Council shall release the impounded device
                                                                                           to the claimant.
3.17.2.    No person shall ride or use a skateboard, roller skates or
           similar device in any public place in such a manner as to           3.17.9.     If any skateboard, roller skates, or other similar device
           cause annoyance, inconvenience or obstruction to any                            seized and impounded under subclause 3.17.5 is not
           person.                                                                         claimed by its owner and all outstanding fee paid within
                                                                                           three months, Council may dispose of the skateboard,
3.17.3.    No person shall ride or use a skateboard, roller skates, or                     roller skates or other similar device as it sees fit.
           similar device in a prohibited area.
                                                                               3.17.10. The Council shall keep a register and enter details of
3.17.4.    Every person who commits an offence against this Bylaw                       every impounded device and every person claiming the
           is liable to have the skateboard, roller skates or similar                   impounded device.
           device impounded by an authorised officer.

3.17.11. The Council may from time to time by resolution alter the            8.      The Strand from railroad bridge to Hamilton Street
         amount of the fee payable under clause 3.17.7 of this                        (inclusive) and including the reclaimed areas currently
         Bylaw.                                                                       utilised as carparks on the eastern side of The Strand;

3.17.12. Nothing contained in this Bylaw shall render the Council             9.      Civic Centre Arcade;
         or any officer liable in damages or otherwise to any
         person in respect of any impounded device and, without               10.     Spring Street Carpark.
         limited the generality of this clause, the Council or officer
         shall not be liable in respect of the release of any
         impounded device to a person other than the true owner               Mount Maunganui Central Area:
                                                                              1.      Maunganui Road from Pacific Avenue to its intersection
ATTACHMENTS TO MAPS 3a AND 3b                                                         with Tawa Street;

Scheduled Area as ferred to in Bylaw 3.17 hereto includes and is              2.      Prince Avenue from Victoria Road to Maunganui Road;
exclusive to the following streets, footpaths, and public places:
                                                                              3.      Downtown Carpark adjacent to Maunganui Road.
Tauranga Central Area:

1.      Hamilton Street from Durham Street to The Strand                      ATTACHMENT TO MAP 3C
                                                                              Scheduled Areas as referred to in Bylaw 3.17 hereto includes and is
2.      Wharf Street from Durham Street to The Strand (inclusive);            exclusive to the following streets, footpaths, and public places.

3.      Spring Street from Durham Street to The Strand (inclusive);           Greerton Commercial

4.      Elizabeth Street from Durham Street to its eastern end                1.      Cameron Road from intersection with Cornwall Street to
        (inclusive);                                                                  intersection with Pooles Road;

5.      Durham Street from Elizabeth Street to Hamilton Street                2.      Chadwick Road from intersection with Mitchell Street to
        (inclusive);                                                                  intersection with Hayes Avenue;

6.      Grey Street from Elizabeth Street to Spring Street                    3.      Greerton Road from intersection with Emmett Street to
        (inclusive);                                                                  northern boundary of the Chadwick Road carpark;

7.      Devonport Road from Elizabeth Street to Spring Street                 4.      Chadwick Road carpark.


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