Public input sought for skatepark

March 20, 2013

Local parents and youth may soon be called upon to give input into the design of the planned skatepark and BMX park.

A public workshop on the design of the park is planned by city officials and New Line Skateparks Inc.

The Granbury City Council was expected last night to approve a professional services agreement with that company for the planning and engineering of the skatepark. The agreement is for a lump sum of $29,000.

The skatepark was part of the budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that was approved by the City Council. City Manager Wayne McKethan said Monday that he was confident the council would sign off on the agreement.

Minus the $29,000 to be paid to New Line, there will be about $220,000 available for the first phase of the skatepark. McKethan said the park will be expanded and improved upon over time, as more money becomes available.

“We’re going to have to do this in phases. We’re going to have to focus,” McKethan said. “A quarter of a million might sound like it would be the Taj Mahal, but it’s not. We’re going to have to be very frugal.”

McKethan said that efforts will be made to prioritize what the public wants.

Although the city plans at some point to have amphitheater seating that can be used for tournaments or for outdoor meetings and performances, the amphitheater won’t be built yet. It will be constructed later so that all of the current available funding will go toward the skatepark itself.

McKethan noted, however, that the park will have benches.

The skatepark will be located on Crossland Street near the soccer fields. McKethan said he expects it to be ready for use sometime during the summer.

Although there is no set date for the public workshop, it should happen in the near future.

“I think we’re going to get on it pretty quick,” McKethan stated.

According to documents provided by New Line Skateparks Inc., the workshop will consist of an oral presentation, a slide presentation, drawings and other components.

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