The Woodstock skateboard park has officially been opened, with a launch event that took on Monday 16 July. The park was initially expected to only open in another three months’ time. The City of Cape Town came under fire for allegedly excluding the local skating fraternity from the R634 000 skatepark project (“Project in jeopardy”, People’s Post, 12 June).“The public will notice that some of the structures are being broken down and will be rebuilt. “This is because the work was rejected and the contractor must redo these at his cost,” said Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development. This was in response to questions about the large section that was broken down and half of the park being covered in rubble during the project last month June. Skaters in Woodstock had offered their assistance as consultants on the project “The City’s Urban Developement Implementation Department consulted with skateboarding experts during the design of the project prior to publically advertising the construction tender,” Herron previously explained. Despite previous issues with the project before the launch, the skateboaders are pleased. The launch drew smiles from the local skateboarders trying out the new facilities and showing off their neat skills. “The skateboard community is very happy to have its first transitional skatepark. It is a concrete ramp that imitates a wave which is how skateboarding was started. “It involves lots of ramps and has curvatures. We love the skatepark that we have here,” says Shuaib Philander (29), who has been skateboarding for 13 years.Skateboarder and BMX rider Sergei Pringiers from Rondebosch welcomed the new skateboard park. “It is very nice to have the facility here. It is a bit steep but that’s because we are not used to it. “The facility is pretty well-rounded and I like how it has different features. It is a good place for people to hang out and stay safe,” says Pringiers. The construction of the skateboard park commenced in February and then the final snags were addressed last week. “It is very exciting to hear that this site was so popular during the school holidays. I believe the skateboarders were so eager and couldn’t wait for the final snags to be completed. “I am confident that this facility will provide our emerging and local talent with a platform to hang out together, hone their skills and to have fun in a safe and well-designed space that they can enjoy. “It is one of the City’s priorities to build integrated communities by attracting a diverse pool of talent and creating a culture where talent can thrive,” says Herron.The new re-vamped skateboard park is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen streets.The project, which amounts has been funded from the City’s capital budget, says Herron. V Continued on page 2.