That might be a challenging read for some skatepark designers and councils, but for a community that defines, chips in on, and shapes builds, this is a simple truth and benefit of creating your own space.
Like most successful community initiatives that are realised quickly, a decision to ask for forgiveness, not permission, transformed this unused space from a lockdown boredom brainstorm to a thriving meeting place and skate spot in a few short years.
Terence Davidson, Micah Westrupp, Jack Stairmand and Kane provide a quick view of what’s on offer at the Whitmore DIY.
Alex Robinson, frontside ollie.
Jack Stairmand, frontside boneless.
Jack Stairmand, crooked grind popover.
Kane, Mute air to backside 50-50.
Micah Westrupp, backside nosepick.
Less crack in the carpark, more curbs on the court. Just the way it should be.
Terence Davidson has been there from the beginning and continues to shape Whitmore DIY on a daily basis.
50-year-old grommet Ivan Gregoroff backside tailslides on request.
Kane, slob air to flat.
Now complete with its own Instagram page and Google Maps pin, Whitmore DIY is waiting for those looking for a more core skateboard experience. Located in the suburb of Marewa, the spot is just a short skate or drive from Napier’s Bay Skate and waterfront.
Follow Whitmore DIY on Instagram @whitmore_diy.
This Park Ranger article was first published in Manual, Issue 71, November 2023.