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The skate park in Colorado Park is currently being resurfaced after cracks and corrosion left it in less than preferable condition. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs
The skate park in Colorado Park is currently being resurfaced after cracks and corrosion left it in less than preferable condition. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

Work to resurface the Colorado Park skate park in Weltevreden Avenue is nearing completion.

The two-week long project saw the park closed to skateboarders for resurfacing, to remove the uneven surfaces, corroded concrete and address other issues.

The project is made possible through Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP) funding.

Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman says the councillors can nominate park maintenance projects which they believe need attention.

They decided on the skate park as the recipient of the full R475 000 allocation for 2021/22 funding.

The Colorado Rates and Residents’ Association chair Almondt van der Schyff says the resurfacing could also assist in attracting skateboarders in other areas.

“The surface is dilapidated. With the resurface, there is newness and with newness comes opportunities,” he says.

“The idea behind this skate park is to have tournaments happening so that we can invite even internationals to come and have big tournaments in Colorado Park with a more professional skate park and surface.”

He says the park was well-used when launched, but overtime has become less frequented by locals as a result of the surface not being conducive to skating.

The skate park was launched more than five years ago.

“Because the kids can’t skate on the type of surface we have now, therefore we have made the request to the City through the councillor,” he says.

Woodman adds: “So before anyone gets injured and blames the City, we thought to do something about it.”

The project started at the beginning of October and should be completed soon.

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