Work begins on next stage of Waiheke youth hub

Last Updated : 03 Oct 2023
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Local skater Mischa Sullivan tears it up at Tawaipareira Reserve.

Waiheke youth can look forward to a new basketball court, as well as learn-to-ride and pump tracks coming to Ostend’s Tawaipareira Reserve early next year.  

Construction is due to start in October on the next stage of the reserve’s development which has been funded by Waiheke Local Board and follows the renewal of the reserve’s skate park in 2021

Local Board chair Cath Handley is looking forward to seeing the reserve come to life to as a hub for young people in the area. 

“Young people in Waiheke are a major priority for the board and they deserve a space like this that has something for a range of ages, so we are really happy to see work on the reserve progressing.” 

Planning for the renewal of the reserve, including a public consultation period, began in 2019 but has faced delays due to the pandemic lockdowns, weather events and budget constraints. 

Contractors hope to have the work, which also includes landscaping of the surrounding grounds, a central picnic area and connecting paths between the basketball, pump track and learn-to-ride tracks, completed by January next year depending on weather conditions.  

While the reserve’s carpark will be closed during construction, local skateboarders will still be able to access the skatepark by foot. Both the carpark and skatepark will be open for public use over the Christmas break.  

Future stages of the project are planned to include walking tracks, a flying fox and an adventure playground

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