We nailed the last piece of ply down on the 15th of November, and since then have been doing ongoing upgrades – we discovered that we needed more dwangs than we originally planned to add strength to the structure and keep the boards from popping up as they get wet and then dry out.
I’ve spent hours pulling up the boards and re-drilling them. Not the most fun job ever, but it makes the rink much flatter and more awesome to skate on and to play hockey on.
The last piece in the puzzle has been to get sides for the rink so we can hold safe skate events, and hockey practices without having to chase after pucks.
And the sides were delivered yesterday, thanks to Dan Lucas at Fulton Hogan. They come in the form of 36 x 2m x 1.2m road barriers. They are just perfect. How I came into possession of these barriers is a pretty neat story…
A couple of weeks ago I was invited, along with dozens of other awesome people, to have afternoon tea with the Mayor and Councillors. It was an informal event so the Mayor and Council could “express their thanks for all your inspirational work in our city”. There was a great selection of truly amazing people there – Gap Filler, Life in Vacant Spaces, Ministry of Awesome, Student Volunteer Army, Hapa, C1 Cafe to name just a few of my favourites!
The Mayor invited us all to say a little something about our projects, and one thing the Council could do to help (that didn’t involve money!). People talked about the importance of good policy, of coordinated efforts, of being joined up and well-networked. These are really important things, but all I really needed was barriers for my roller rink. So that’s what I asked for. I have been trying for months to get hold of road barriers (called water-filled delineators) without success. They would be a super-easy way to make the rink safe for kids to use. When I asked for them, everyone laughed – in the good way (I think) because it seemed too easy. But these barriers mean the world to me, as I explained. Barriers would mean that kids can skate on the rink safely, so we will be able to hold awesome-fun summer events at the rink.
Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck said “that’s a simple one! I’ll get onto it on Monday!”. And she was true to her word. I sent her an email explaining exactly what I needed, and quickly heard back from Will, the General Manager of the Horizontal Infrastructure Management Team at CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority), who put me in touch with Duncan, the Executive General Manager of SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team). I called Duncan, who contacted Fulton Hogan to see if they had any spare barriers, and before I knew it, BARRIERS! And brand-spanking new ones at that. It took two weeks in total. Amazing.
I am ever so grateful to everyone who helped to get them there.
Now if only the rain would stop…