Kāpiti Coast District Council
Maclean Park, Marine Parade, Paraparaumu
31 Dec
Angus McMillan Concrete

Project Details

The Maclean Park Skatepark Redevelopment project in Paraparaumu represents a significant transformation from its existing asphalt and concrete layout to a modern concrete facility designed to offer a wide range of engaging experiences. This skatepark's site holds a storied past, tracing back to the early 1950s with the establishment of a skating rink. Throughout its history, the park has undergone various upgrades, such as resurfacing in 1961 and the addition of a skateboard area in 1977, eventually enhanced with a skateboard ramp. Although expanded in the early 2000s, the skatepark has seen limited refurbishments since then.

RICH Landscapes collaborated closely with local users, clients, stakeholders, and mana whenua to craft an environment that caters to the current needs of skatepark enthusiasts. Drawing inspiration from the coastal surroundings, sandy-coloured pigments were strategically utilised to delineate different sections of the park,complemented by touches of blue as suggested by mana whenua. The park's features include a spacious flow bowl with FLOW pool coping and custom tiles, a Hipped Bank, Bowled Mini ramp, deep end, and corner pocket.

Adjacent to the flow bowl platform, a double-level jump box connects to a skateable art feature within the park. In the multi-level street area, users can find rails, hubbas, handrails, ledges, pole jams, manual pads, stairs, a pyramid, and a FLOW Hydrant ,offering a diverse array of experiences. At the northern end, a multi-level miniramp with spine ramps and extensions provides additional challenges, complemented by learner skate elements, ledges, and manual pads around the park's perimeter.

Working with Māori artist Kereama Taepa several patterns were integrated into the concrete retaining walls, weathered steel wallride, and flow bowl pool tiles. The aramoana pattern continued from the previous park development walls onto the miniramp retaining wall and the pool tiles situated in the flow bowl. On the backside of the weathered steel wallride is the waharua motif. In Kereama's words 'The motif is one that denotes courage - to face your fears head on. My teens saw me on a skateboard most days and I quickly learned that it was one’s courage that determined whether a rider became skilled or not - as your experience and skill only came through the pain of failing. Though it is indeed a place of healing -a place to get away and forget about the problems you may be in - it is only courage that will get you through.'

A controlled graffiti wall is set to be introduced, emphasising the park's adaptability to accommodate various activities. Plans also include reinstating a memorial wall dedicated to renowned skater Martin Kaukau, reflecting the park's historical significance. This skatepark initiative is part of a broader redevelopment effort for Maclean Park, undergoing continuous enhancements over recent years.

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