Bishopdale skate park renewal

Its time to refresh the skate area at Bishopdale Park

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 5 November 2019 to 10 December 2019

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Skaters at the Bishopdale Skate Jam held back in December 2018

Skaters at the Bishopdale Skate Jam held back in December 2018

Learning to skate - Bishopdale Skate Jam Dec 2019

Learning to skate - Bishopdale Skate Jam December 2018

Update 4/8/2020

The Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board has approved the amended plan for the skate park in Bishopdale Park, as per the staff recommendation.

You can read the minutes online(external link)(external link) from Thursday 6 August 2020.

Update July 2020

Consultation has now closed, and a report will be presented to the Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board on on Monday 3 August 2020 for approval of the amended plan. 

Updated Bishopdale Skate Park plans [PDF, 5.2 MB]

To view the meeting agenda and report including the staff recommendation from 30 July 2020, go to: (external link)(external link)

Consultation summary

During the consultation, we received 34 submissions from individuals.

56% supported the proposed design.

29% generally supported the proposed design, but had concerns.

5% did not support the proposed design.

Submissions received [PDF, 30 KB]

Key issues and project team responses [PDF, 8 KB]

We considered all feedback and following further input from the project team, some changes have been recommended:

  • Added a 1.65 m hipped quarter pipe with a corner pocket, several hips with a banked extension
  • Added a double sided pole jam
  • The mini ramp has been adjusted to a 7.5 foot radius
  • Increased the pyramid height to 900 mm
  • Increased the round rail height to 300mm
  • Moved the black granite ledge location to allow for the quarter pipe
  • Moved the picnic table so it’s now closer to the shade of the nearby tree
  • Moved one of the bench seats to the south western side near the jersey barrier. This sits higher on the bank providing a good overview of the whole area
  • Removed the proposed umbrella and having seating close to natural shade from trees
  • Rubbish bin to be relocated from within the park

Next steps

The final decision is recorded in the meeting minutes, available online three working days after the meeting.

If the proposed project is approved by the Community Board we will be aiming for work to begin in February 2021.  

Why we're renewing the skate park

The skate features at Bishopdale Park are nearing the end of their useable lifespan. It's time to get a new design that caters more for beginner to intermediate skaters. 

Bishopdale Park is home to one of the larger skates area in Christchurch, but we know its losing popularity due to its condition.

The design process

We’re working closely with experienced riders to develop a plan that's designed by skaters, for skaters.

Our design uses ideas and suggestions you gave us at the Bishopdale Skate Jam in December 2018, and feedback from readers of the Bishopdale Skate e-newsletter.

Design ideas

We'd like to hear from you on the proposed skate park design. We want to know what you think works, what features are important to you and any suggestions you may have.

3D images - click to enlarge

2D plans - click to enlarge

Whats in and whats out

Poor condition concrete pyramid

Poor condition concrete pyramid

The existing concrete slabs will be resealed and the pyramid, quarter pipe and spine ramps will be replaced with a new half pipe, granite ledge, low pyramid and pump bumps (see images below). We propose to replace many of the worn out features with street plazza style ones. 

The mini half pipe will stand at 1.2m in height with a width of  5m and length of 6m and a total length of 8.8m including the decks.

We'll add to some of the existing features, with pump bumps, rollovers and street skate features such as styled concrete curbs and a jersey barrier blended into a rollover finger.

The total area will increase from 1197m2 to nearly 1300m2, in comparison the new Knights Stream skate park in Halswell is just over 1000m2.

Talk to the team - Bishopdale Skate Jam

Come talk to the team at the Bishopdale Skate Jam at Bishopdale Park on Sunday 24 November 2019 (if wet - Saturday 30 November), anytime from 11am to 2pm. 


Event Date
Consultation open  5 November 2019
Talk to the team - Bishopdale Skate Jam 24 November 2019
Consultation closes 9 December 2019
Decision meeting  Early - mid 2020


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