new skate park
Design features two concrete
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
If all the stars align right,
Ketchum residents could have access to a state-of-the-art skateboard
park before the end of the summer.
Ketchum City Council members on
Monday, March 15, unanimously agreed to direct City Administrator Ron
LeBlanc to draft a building contract and financing agreement for a
planned $253,000 reconstruction of the Guy Coles Skate Park.
The skate park is located at the
intersection of Warm Springs and Saddle roads. The seasonal facility
currently comprises temporary structures and features.
Ketchum Parks and Recreation
Director Kirk Mason on March 1 proposed a new park that includes two
concrete bowl features, one with an hourglass shape and another with an
irregular-square shape. The plan also calls for enhancing the
landscaping of the site and building a bridge to link the two bowl
Mason has tentatively arranged to
contract with Oregon-based Dreamland Skateparks—which participated in
the design—to manage construction of the facility. Dreamland Skateparks
was a key partner in the development of the Hailey Skate Park.
Mason said the project –which
could start in May—probably would take six weeks to complete.
Council members all voiced support
for the project but could not agree definitively on how the park should
"I just want to see the city
commit to it," said Councilwoman Terry Tracy.
Council President Randy Hall said
he does not want the city to borrow money for the park.
Two separate skate park funds can
provide a cumulative total of $29,000 for the project. An additional
$25,000 could come from money slated in the 2003-2004 budget for a new
Ketchum teen center.
Council members at their April 5
meeting will likely decide whether they intend to borrow $150,000 or a
larger sum—closer to $200,000—to help pay for the project.
Some city officials have expressed
concern that fund raising for the park would come to a halt if the city
commits to paying the entire balance of the costs.