Skateboard park opens in Warners

2016-04-20 06:00
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AMANZIMTOTI’s skate park has been relocated to a more suitable venue, the old tennis courts in Warner Beach. It can be accessed from the parking lot at Warnerdoone Beach or from the gravel road behind the Warnerdoone Ski-Boat Club.

Founder of the initiative, Raymond Wittstock, said the courts were one of his original venues for consideration, but was used by tennis players three years ago when he initiated the first park.
When he saw children skating on the old tennis courts recently, he decided to relook into establishing the park, which was previously in Isundu Drive, at the new venue.

He subsequently approached eThekwini Parks Department and received a verbal go-ahead.
A group of interested parties got together and started cleaning up and moving the ramps to the new area and the park was officially opened on Sunday, when skateboard enthusiasts got together to help clean up and enjoy hotdogs and cool drinks sponsored to them.

Wittstock is keen on developing the sport in the area, with the assistance of fellow groundbreaker Bruce Callaghan.
The park is in high demand as recently the skateboard parks in shopping centres like Pavilion and Gateway have closed and plans are being considered to utilise the railway line to bring skateboarders from Durban and surrounds to the park and to establish parks in other venues, including the Bluff.

“We would like to call on the public to please donate their unused skateboards to the park for the purpose of developing the sport,” said Wittstock.

He can be contacted on 082 826 5398.

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