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Bay Skate, Bringing Wheel Sports Together

Months in the making, Napier’s new-look skate park is now open for roller sports of all kinds including skateboarding, bmx, roller derby, inline hockey and scootering. Basically, if it's got wheels and you can strap them on or ride it, you're in with a grin.

The park is divided into three zones – the rink, the bowls and the ramps (still in development, but can be used for free-style skating until the ramps are completed). But it’s not all brand new – the piece de resistance is the iconic Marineland grandstand, with seating for 660, the stand provides ideal viewing for spectators.

It is predicted the grandstand and the plaza will be booked out for events, outdoor cinema screenings, concerts, gigs and pretty much any community, commercial or business event or celebration in the future.
Glenn Lucas, manager of Sport & Recreation for Napier City Council said, “We’ve actually taken our first booking already. There will be a beach party and fireworks display held on-site as part of Te Matatini National Kapa Haka festival in February. It’s a fantastic use of this multi-purpose site and a bit of a showcase of what we’re able to do with this great new space.”

Councillor Keith Price, chair of the Marine Parade Redevelopment Committee, and closely involved with the park's development says, "Bay Skate will offer world-class skating as well as a positive and inclusive culture. We see this as a place where all the different wheel sports can come together: skateboarding, roller derby, bmx, scootering, inline hockey and rollerblading. It’s a fantastic asset for Napier.”

The open day on the 17th of December marks the park’s official launch. Beginning at 10am with a short opening ceremony, and free to the public from 11am, there will be plenty of entertainment throughout the day from local musicians and demonstrations from the Guns N' Roses roller derby crew, the Bay City Rollers, Napier Sharks Inline Hockey, MGP scooters, and loads more cool stuff to see and do.

A free skate session will run from 3pm – 5pm. A charge will apply for any skate hire during the day.

“Everyone’s welcome – it promises to be an action-packed day to celebrate roller sports”, says Councillor Price. “You might even catch me trying an ollie or a kick-flip.”

Lick This, world famous in Napier for its delicious ice-cream, gelato and sorbet, will also be back at its new Marine Parade site, adjacent to Bay Skate.

Bay Skate is generously supported by Unison, and Eastern & Central Community Trust.

For more information please bookmark this site and like the Bay Skate Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest news, tips and other useful stuff when it comes to roller sports.

16 December 2016

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