No safety concerns over Kerikeri Domain skatepark art

Published on 25 January 2023

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Skateboarders are being reassured that original artworks now being applied to Kerikeri Domain’s extremely popular new skatepark will not reduce user safety. 

A series of art works will be applied to parts of the new skate bowl in coming weeks. This follows completion of a huge mural added to the new skate ramp by artist Hone Tiatoa of Impact Northland.

The artist is now adding artworks to the longer, flatter-shaped skate bowl. The deeper skate bowl used by advanced skaters will not be painted and is not part of the planned artworks.

Safety issues have been considered at every step of the process. The paint being used is water-based with a matt finish and does not create a seal. The artwork is then sprayed onto this base coat. This method ensures the concrete under the painted area maintains its ‘grit’.

To ensure minimal disruption, the artist is cordoning off a small work area each day and, once completed, will remove the cordon to enable the artwork to be skated over. It is safe to skate over the artwork straight away. All artworks planned for the skate park are expected to be completed by mid-February. However, this will be weather dependent.

To find out more about the skate ramp artwork Kia Piki te Ora you can view our earlier story here - First phase of inspiring artworks to begin. 


Below - an artwork is being applied to the long flatter-shaped skate bowl, next to the skate ramp.

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Below - a small area will be cordoned off while work is underway.

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Below - the deeper skate bowl next to the basketball court will not be painted and is not part of the planned artworks.

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