public skateboard park
City eyes state
parcel north of downtown
Express Staff Writer
City Council members on Thursday voted unanimously to pursue a plan to
acquire a piece of state land north of downtown for a public skateboard
decision came after a lengthy discussion led by Councilwoman Tammy
Schofield, who advised the panel that $8,000 in grants to the city from
two foundations to build the park could be lost if a decision on the
project was delayed.
Councilwoman Tammy Schofield (pictured) has been negotiating with
state officials to acquire a parcel of land the city can use for a
public skateboard park, including this favored site across the highway
from Valley Market on the north end of town.
Schofield and Councilman Wayne Douthit, the council approved submitting
an application to the Idaho Department of Transportation for permission
to build the park on an abandoned railroad right of way adjacent to
time to do this, or send the [grant] money back," Douthit said.
who has been the cityís primary proponent of the park, was visibly
elated after receiving the green light to proceed with planning the
said after the meeting that she believes that support from the council
to acquire the land was the last big obstacle for the project.
key thing was getting a location, and I wasnít going to give up,"
she said, adding that the park could "bring up the status of the
City of Bellevue and its kids."
explained that she believes the park can be built for about $10,000, all
of which has been raised through two grants and a series of fund-raising
initiatives in town. She noted that the city currently has about $12,000
budgeted for the project, none of which involve city tax revenues.
late last year received a $3,000 grant from the Idaho Community
Foundation to help pay for the facility. Later, the Deer Creek
Foundation gave the city an additional $5,000 for the project.
said that conditions of the ICF grant stipulate that the money be spent
by the end of September, specifically to help construct the skateboard
park. She said that a large portion of the grant money will be spent for
an asphalt surface at the site, which would then be equipped with
renovated wooden skateboarding structures that the city received at no
cost from the City of Hailey.
Schofield said, the park could be outfitted with a set of mobile, steel
structures, which typically last longer and cost less to maintain, and
an assortment of trees and public benches.
main focus is getting something in," she said. "Iím going to
do what I can with what we have."
that the state has indicated it would first provide an
"encroachment permit" to the city to use the site, and would
eventually transfer title to the land.
members debated Thursday whether they should advocate building the
skateboarding facility in an established city-owned park, but determined
the project would be more successful at Schofieldís proposed site.
Bellevue youths made an appearance at Thursdayís meeting to voice
their support for the skateboard park, one of whom said that some 20
others in town would likely use the proposed facility.
herself estimated that there are more than 30 youths in town who would
use the park.