Skatepark a reality

2018-02-13 06:01
Woodstock skateboarders will soon enjoy their flips in a safe, spacious skatepark. From left are Mihle Mkencele, Hishaam Stoutz, Jason Macquenn and Ross Hanslo.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Woodstock skateboarders will soon enjoy their flips in a safe, spacious skatepark. From left are Mihle Mkencele, Hishaam Stoutz, Jason Macquenn and Ross Hanslo.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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“I can’t believe it is actually happening! We’ve dreamt about this from the day we started skating but never thought it would ever happen,” said an excited skateboarder, Hishaam Stoutz, during the sod-turning ceremony at the Woodstock skatepark on Wednesday 7 February.

This comes after three years of waiting for the City of Cape Town to implement its promise to establish a skatepark in the area.

Local skateboarders will now able to enjoy the new skatepark when it opens in the next four months.

Stoutz says he started skating when he was very young and has always dreamt of doing it in a safe environment with no distractions. He says he is excited that the construction work has started.

His friend, Mihle Mkencele, adds that the park will inspire skaters and allow them to openly showcase their skills while keeping them off the streets. He says skateboarding is something that needs regular practice.

These youngsters could not hide their joy at the new skatepark and showed off their skills for the officials at the site.

The R634 000 park is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park, along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen streets.

Mayco member (North) Suzette Little says the park will be a valuable asset for the community and she encourages young people to take advantage of it. “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. We encourage skateboarders to take advantage of it, to own it and make sure it remains in good condition.”

“This is one of few skateparks we have in the City that have been pipelined for the Woodstock precinct since 2014.”

According to the City of Cape Town, 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.

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