Feedback sought on skate facilities in Mornington

The skate park in Mornington is set to be upgraded this summer, starting a wave of skate facility revamps in Dunedin.

The move by the Dunedin City Council is in response to community feedback about the need for better play equipment for older children, and possibly adults.

"We want to upgrade the city’s skate facilities to make them safer, more functional and sheltered and less noisy," council parks and recreation group manager Scott MacLean said.

Dunedin has about a dozen skate parks and the council has said they are generally in average or poor condition.

The Thomas Burns park behind the Dunedin Railway Station and Mornington Park are both considered destination skate parks, but in poor condition.

The council is asking for feedback about a concept for Mornington Park.

It proposes to keep existing features, improve the surfaces, skate equipment and layout and add new features such as spines, pump bumps and snow ploughs.

The skate park would remain about the same size, but there would be "spill-out areas" that would integrate with Mornington Park.

It is envisaged the "blood bucket", a capsule-shaped bowl, would stay.

The feedback period ends on June 17 and the upgrade is expected to start before the end of this year.

Dunedin has more than 120 play spaces, including skate parks and playgrounds.

The city council has budgeted to spend $6.5 million on play spaces in 2021-24.





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