Winton Skatepark officially open

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Australian Josh Dunstan, who is currently living in Queenstown, performs stunts on his BMX at the official opening of the new skatepark in Winton last Saturday. Photos: Hayden Williams

About 150 people attended the opening at the 1100sqm skatepark at  Centennial Park on John St.

Winton Skatepark committee chairwoman Dawn Brocks said a lot of people from surrounding districts had visited Winton just to use the park.

Committee member, John “Chub” McHugh, who cut the ribbon, said the skatepark had been suggested by local children 10 years ago and it was great to see it finally become a reality.

The Southland District Council gifted the land for the skatepark.

Its building – funded by Community in Kind Contributions, Community Trust of Southland, local businesses and through fundraising – was completed by contractor and keen skateboarder David North, of Westland, who also attended the event and performed some stunts for the crowd.

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