Halswell Skate and Recreation Parks

The project team have used community feedback to put together concept plans for the skate and recreation parks at Halswell Domain and Knights Stream Park. This is now your opportunity to let us know if we have got this right or if we are missing anything.


Halswell Domain Skate and Recreation park - Concept Plan

Knights Stream Park Skate and Recreation Park - Submissions with project team responses


Background

In February 2016 the Council project team sought feedback from the community on a proposal to install a skate and recreation park in Halswell. During this process there were four locationsContinue reading

The project team have used community feedback to put together concept plans for the skate and recreation parks at Halswell Domain and Knights Stream Park. This is now your opportunity to let us know if we have got this right or if we are missing anything.


Halswell Domain Skate and Recreation park - Concept Plan

Knights Stream Park Skate and Recreation Park - Submissions with project team responses


Background

In February 2016 the Council project team sought feedback from the community on a proposal to install a skate and recreation park in Halswell. During this process there were four locations discussed with the community. These were Halswell Domain, Knights Stream Park, Westlake Reserve and Scott Park. After the consultation period a community workshop was also held to discuss the proposed sites in more detail.

Following this, on 27 July 2016, the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board approved two locations for a skate and recreation park. One at Halswell Domain and one at Knights Stream Park in Halswell.

The project team then worked alongside the community to compile ideas on what locals would like included in the design of the skate and recreation parks. This involved meeting with groups of children in
local schools, being available at a community drop in session in Halswell Domain and capturing ideas
online.

All of this valuable feedback has now been used to put together the concept designs for a skate and
recreation park in Halswell Domain and at Knights Stream Park.

What happens next?

Once the consultation has closed all feedback will be considered by the project team, and may result in further changes to the concept plans.

The final plans will then be presented to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board for approval. If these plans are approved then the project will move into detailed design (this involves the creation of the technical construction drawings) and then a tender process. At this stage we are anticipating a decision to be made in May 2017 by the Community Board.

The project team are hoping that construction works at both sites will happen at the same time and will be aiming for the construction to be completed by December 2017. However this is subject to a number of factors such as consent approvals, contractor availability, weather and ground conditions.

You can ask the project team any question that comes to mind. We will try to answer within 2-3 working days. Please note that all questions and answers are publicly visible.

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  • How are you going to safe guard the community from the negative aspects of this sort of facility. Health and safety of the users? Of other park users? What risks to the community have you identified? Considered? How are you going to mitigate them?

    Think it through asked 5 months ago

    Hi,

    There is no evidence to suggest that antisocial behaviour arises from skate parks. Skate and recreation parks provide a sense of place for the community. Evidence indicates that 'the lack of things for young people to do' is more likely to lead to undesirable behaviour. The Council tries to discourage anti-social behaviour in public places it controls, through Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

    The skate park designs are site specific, designed for the existing environment to complement the existing spaces. Health and Safety is a consideration through this process. Council will install signage around skate park etiquette and how to use the space, and will include information such as wearing safety protection equipment, surface can be slippery when wet, and for caregivers to keep an eye on their kids.

    Thanks,

    Halswell Skate Team

  • Hi team Is there going to be a chance of cricket nets being put in at Knights Stream Park it's starting to get very hard to find them around christchurch Cheers

    Chris dellow asked 5 months ago

    Hi Chris,

    Cricket nets are installed and owned by cricket clubs, and the park space is provided by Council. There is currently no cricket club associated with Knights Stream Park. However, if there was and they wanted to install cricket nets, then this could be considered by Council. 

    Cheers,

    Halswell Skate Team

  • Was there an initial consultation on whether the Halswell residents wanted a skatepark in their community before the previous consultation about the 4 originally proposed sites? My recollection was that most submissions were not in favour of the proposed skate park in their neighbourhood. The previous submission only allowed respondents to rank their preference of site; it did not give an option of "no skatepark in Halswell". I believe if this option was available you would have seen most respondents would have preferred no skatepark in Halswell. Please explain the process that the Council undertook before proposing the Halswell skatepark.

    Carol Horgan asked 5 months ago

    Hi Carol

    In response to your question:

    • Christchurch City Council’s (CCC) Skateboarding, Inline Skating and Freestyle BMX Cycling Strategy 2004 has the following listed under Section Three, Future Direction and Geographic gaps;

        • "Gaps in provision are noted in the Halswell and Sumner area. Halswell area required further investigation to identify the youth priority needs."

    • A report to the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board discussed the need for a skateboarding area in Halswell in December 2008. This was in response to a deputation to the Community Board from a local resident requesting a skate park. The resident had completed a survey of children from the local schools around sporting interests and participation; provision for skate in Halswell was a common theme. The Board requested staff to identify suitable sites within Halswell for a skateboard area.

    • There was funding earmarked in the Council’s Long Term Plan (2009 – 2019), however the funding was held over due to the Canterbury Earthquakes. A Long Term Plan is a document that is publicly consulted on.

    • A Youth Voice event was held in Halswell on Friday 11 July 2014. The group listed Halswell Skate in their top three projects for Halswell.

    • On 14 October 2014, the Halswell Residents’ Association along with a number of local youth representatives addressed the Community Board on the matter of facilities for youth in Halswell such as a skate park. The Board decided to convene a meeting with the Halswell Residents’ Association and appropriate Council staff.

    • The Council included funding in its Long Term Plan (2015 – 2025) for a Halswell Skate and Recreation Park. This long term plan was publicly consulted on. Council staff held a seminar with the Community Board on 6 October 2015 around the long term funding, and consideration around site selection.

    • Consultation on the four proposed locations was undertaken from 26 February to 18 March 2016. 59% of respondents were in support of Halswell Domain in comparison to 25% support for Knights Stream Park, 12% in support of Westlake and 4% in support of Scott Park.

    • Council received a petition that was not in support of a skate and recreation park at Halswell Domain, it contained 570 signatures. We also received a petition in support of a skate and recreation park in Halswell with 946 signatures and a petition to preserve Westlake Reserve with 204 signatures in total.

    Cheers

    Halswell Skate Team

  • Will there be any wooden components in this park that the skaters will be using as this will increase the volume of noise? It appears to be quite close to the houses in William Brittan Drive.

    HenryB asked 5 months ago

    Hi Henry,

    There will be no wooden components in the Halswell Skate and Recreation Park. The skate facility will be constructed out of concrete.

    The skate facility is 55m away from the nearest resident. Acoustic assessment have suggested a suitable separation between skate parks and residential dwellings of at least 40m. We will be considering any noise mitigation measures during the design of the skate facility.

    Cheers,

    Halswell Skate Team


  • I live in the knights stream area across from the park. I forgot to put this in the 'have your say' portion but our area is severely lacking rubbish bins . This is definitely something that needs addressing in longhurst as well. Hope this will be a high priority with all new facilities going in.

    Amanda asked 5 months ago

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for this question. There are two rubbish bins proposed for Knights Stream Park, one in the social space between the half basketball court and proposed skate area and one will be located near the sports pavilion.

    We are in the process of getting some bins installed in Longhurst. We are currently obtaining some quotes and will be getting the bins installed in the near future.

    Cheers,

    Halswell Skate Team

  • I live in the Knights Stream Park area and was interested to know exactly where this skatepark is going to be located ? Also with the park getting developed is there going to be facilities for changing rooms (for sports people ) and also toilet facilities and where will they be located as well?

    Allan S asked 5 months ago

    Hi Allan,

    The skate and recreation park will be on the north-east side of Richmond Ave, by the car park. We have uploaded the concept plans now (including information about assosciated facilities) and the project is open for consultation, so please have a look and tell us what you think!

    Cheers,

    Halswell Skate Team

  • Can we make sure we get people who know what they are doing to build the skate parks. I see people every day use the Moorehouse one. The people who built this must know what they are doing as it seems to be a favorite to a range of ages. Please dont get a company that have no experience in building a park as this will be the hub of the community for a long time just like the one in town

    justalocal asked 10 months ago

    A professional designer has been engaged to develop the concept designs who specialises in skate parks and is a skate boarder himself. He has designed around 70 skate parks in New Zealand and overseas.  The contractor selected will go through a tender process but we will be looking to engage a contractor that has a proven track record for this type of construction work.


  • What is the risk of increased crime such as graffiti, burglary and violence? What crime prevention methods can be put in place? What are the positive and negatives learnt from the creation of similar parks in Christchurch? What is the predicted impacted on house values?

    Drydy asked over 1 year ago

    Thanks for asking these really useful questions.

    What is the risk of increased crime such as graffiti, burglary and violence?

    An effectively designed and appropriately sited skate park is a hub of positive activity. When a skate park is correctly integrated into a community and activated regularly, positive culture overcomes negative behaviour because skate park users establish a sense of ownership and privilege. Christchurch has a number of community based skate parks which do not have records of the anti-social behaviour that is commonly referred to. Examples of this would be St Albans Skate Park and Bishopdale Skate Park. Prebbleton Community Park in Selwyn is a good example close to Halswell.

    What crime prevention methods can be put in place?

    Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles are considered with all recreational activities proposed in parks. An initial CPTED report has already been completed for the four proposed sites and when a site is selected a full CPTED report will be completed. Design features that are considered include natural surveillance of the site ("see and be seen"), clear sightlines through the site, encouraging a sense of ownership and providing activities which attract people into parks.

    What are the positive and negatives learnt from the creation of similar parks in Christchurch?

    Positive learnings:

    These parks provide a sense of place for the community, when youths have nothing to do that is where trouble can begin.

    It provides a safe environment for skateboarding to occur in a family setting

    It provides ownership by using local knowledge to help design the facility (Sheldon Park we ran a workshop with the local kids for the elements they wanted)

    It builds on the recreational activities already in the park

    A skateboarding facility is providing an important physical activity in the community and getting people outdoors

    It's important to cater for all ages and abilities, not just youth. This is about providing a community and family space.

    Negative learnings

    Don’t build the facility out of site, casual surveillance is the best method for providing a safe environment - CPTED designs are crucial to the success

    It is desirable to build skate facility no closer than 40 metres from other properties for noise control

    What is the predicted impact on house prices?

    There is no evidence to suggest that installing a skate park will impact on property prices in Halswell. 

    Thanks,

    Halswell Skate Project Team