By now you may have seen some new ideas to reclaim Hawkes Bay as the kids capital.
You can see the detail here:
And here is a pdf to download Marine Parade Big Picture (6.8MB)
This idea started a few months ago after chatting to Chris Tremain and others. Quite a few times parents from out of town had said how much their kids nagged them to come to skatezone. With my own kids I'd been thinking about wouldn't it be great to have more things to do with them in the weekend.
When we thought about it, we form a relationship with the Bay at an early age. Whether it be Fantasyland, Marineland, or even the slot car set that used to be at old Hive arcade (remember that?), kids used to like coming to the Bay.
Returning to the Bay a few years ago the Marine Parade does look a little tired.
After many conversations the idea was taken shape. Chris connected me to Mayor Barbara and I was invited to pitch the idea to the Napier councillors. Amazingly they seemed to get quite excited and got it. We formed a small team to develop the idea a bit more. Over the course of the next month or so the ideas were refined into the communications put out this week. I was really impressed by how engaged the council was and also up front on the issues, sensitivities and funding.
So we'd love to know what you think. Good or bad, lets hear your comments or other ideas.