Excitement as work starts on skate park

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Work is well under way at Lawrence’s new skate park.

West Coast based builder-designer Dave North has already been hard at work creating the two-bowl complex next to the Lawrence Area School.

“There will be two bowls here; a small one and a split-level bowl for the more adventurous skaters,” he said.

The work on the project, which has been more than four years in the planning and fundraising stages, is expected to take about two months to complete.

The skate park was originally mooted four years ago, as part of a letter›writing and literacy exercise, by a group of Lawrence Area School pupils seeking a youth-based project that would benefit the town.

They decided the young people in Lawrence needed a skate park, and then set about raising the funds to build it.

Four years on and construction has finally started on the $193,000 facility, which will adjoin the school in Harrington St.

Lawrence Skate Park Incorporated chairwoman Gillian May said the money was all raised locally.

“I’m so happy to see work finally start after such a long time fundraising,” she said.

“The students started it all off by forming a fundraising committee and applied for funding.

“Over the last four years the committee, which includes three of the original students, has secured funding from many different agencies and trusts based in the wider Otago community.”

Committee member Phil Cummings said it was ‘‘real good’’ to see the construction start.

“The construction of the bowls is almost complete, and we are now waiting for a break in the weather to start pouring concrete,” he said.

The committee planned to hold a grand opening day in April, when construction and landscaping had finished.