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Local skateboarders took to the air to perform rad tricks at today’s sod-turning celebration, which officially got the wheels turning on the construction of the Woodstock skateboard park. Read more below:

In approximately four months, skateboarders will be hanging out and honing their skills at a new park in Woodstock that boasts four ramps.

The construction of the new skateboard park kicked off today, Wednesday 7 February 2018.

The site is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park, along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen Streets.

During today’s sod-turning event, local skateboarders celebrated and demonstrated their support of the project by showing off their skills.

The proposal for this park emerged during discussions with the local community and the skateboarding fraternity about the revitalisation of the Woodstock Town Hall precinct, as part of the World Design Capital co-design ward project in 2014. Councillor Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, was the ward councillor at the time.The project, which amounts to approximately R634 000, is funded from the City’s capital budget.

The Woodstock Town Hall precinct has already received some upgrades since 2014, which includes the paving of the area between the town hall, library and park with red brick and cobbles, as well as providing seven additional parking bays to the existing parking area adjacent to the town hall.

‘It is very exciting to see the vision of the Woodstock skateboard park becoming a reality. This project is very close to my heart as I have watched it grow and take shape as a result of the valuable input from the community, including skateboarders. They have played an interactive role in sharing their comments regarding the location of the site, the planning, and in the design stages of the project.

‘Not only is this project a fantastic example of the value of partnerships between local government and the community, but it also echoes one of our priorities, as local government, to build integrated communities by attracting a diverse pool of talent and creating a culture where talent can thrive.

‘I am confident that once this park is completed, it will provide our emerging and local talent with a platform to come together, practise their craft and have fun in a safe and well-designed space for all to enjoy,’ said Councillor Herron.

Last year, the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works.

‘An important aspect of this project is that, given the water crisis that our city is facing, the contractors will be using non-potable water from treated effluent to premix the concrete. They will also be bringing their own drinking water to site for the staff and they will monitor their water usage on site.

‘Going forward, we need to ensure that we are innovative in our approach to our projects so that we can strike a balance between delivering services to our residents while using water sparingly.

‘On that note, we are looking forward to unveiling the Woodstock skateboarding facility in the coming months and witnessing the first nollie 360 flip on these ramps. This facility will be the cherry on top of all the investment that has been made in this area,’ said Councillor Herron.

Councillor Suzette Little, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, said the park will be a valuable asset for the community.

‘The skateboard park will be a key outstanding element that will attract more positive activity to the precinct and contribute to the community life in Cape Town. We need spaces such as these to encourage fun and healthy physical activity,’ said Councillor Little.

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