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Memo, Temporary Skatepark FeasibilityDO NOT REMOVE - PRAB File Matenal pARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT ""~ April ll, 2000 `.,- MEMORANDUM To Parks and Recreation Advisory Boazd From Chns Dropinski, Director, Parks and Recreation Ken Ramsey, Superintendent of Parks Planning and Construction Teresa Crrills and Diana Smith, City Liaison Re Temporary Skatepark Feasibility Based on the Board's direction at the Nlarch 27, 2000 meeting, staff has pursued the possibility of temporarily relocating some of the existing skatepazk elements to a nearby site for temporary use during the construction period of the new skatepark at Scott Carpenter Pazk 1) A call was placed on March 28, 2000 to Lane Adams, Manager of Crossroads Mall, to explore the feasibility of tecnporarily locating some of the skatepark elements in their parking lot while consUuction was occurring at the New Skatepazk Crossroads ,,... officials were receptive to cooperating and reviewed the possibility with the City ,~„ Liaison Several issues pointed to the decision that it would cunently not be feasible • Since redevelopment has been planned for tlua portion of Crossroads for some time, the asphalt in the parking lot has not been maintained for many years This leaves the lot with an"unskatable" surface with many cracks, fissures, and crumbling asphalt It is felt that the current surface would be unsafe and not desirable for the skaters at t}us point. It would take additional resources and time to create a skatable surface right now . Crossroads has appropriated most of the south lot for redevelopers and their spacial needs At this point rt would take considerable coordination between several developers to clear a spot for t}us activity This could tske several months . It would take considerable resources to cordon off an azea that would be tcaffic-free and safe for unsupervised use . Macerich and Crossroads Mall aze looldng forwazd to supporting the Skatepazk in some way, and aze currently reviewing the possibility of sponsorship with the City Liaison 2) Staff spoke with several representative members of the skating community about the effect of having the skatepark closed for up to five months Overall, the perception is that they are so e~ccited about having the new park, they are willing to watt, and understand that it takes time to do it right They have plans for visiting other ~,,,, skateparks m neighboring communities while they wazt Some members are putting .s... 4'' C1 _~ ;~~ 1C~ y t e; '; ~. ~ ~ E `"L~1 ~~ ~ together a"home" skatepark azound 61'` and Valmont, including some of the elements from the old skatepazk 3} Maintenance and planning staff looked closely at the elements that are in the existing skatepazk Staff agceed that the existing elements aze in disrepair, and it would probably be easier to build new elements than move the existing ones, especially with regards to safety and public risk management Resources have not been identified for this cost. 4) Staff brainstormed on ideas for any other nearby locations that might be suitable should the resources be made available for a temporary skatepark. We were unable to identify another suitable site at this poirn 5) Additionally, based on the onginal demolition and construction schedule, there was a process put in place prior to the Mazch 27`~` Board meeting to sell the existing equipment through a competitive bid process The YMCA coordinated the process For whatever personal reasons, the successful bidders were eager to deconstruct and take away the e~sting pazk elements as soon as possible for their own use The total raised from this sale is $3,200 for the new Skatepazk The purchasers were extremely dismayed that we nught consider not selling the elements after the bid process and successful bid awards were completed. All purchasers have signed a"Release of Liability" that was reviewed by the City Attorney and Risk Manager Summary: Stai~has reviewed the options for creating a temporary skatepazk and what it might take to do so. We have concluded that it would not be to the Department or community's bene6t to try and save or relocate any ofthe existing structures for a temporary skatepazk While the skaters will be "without" for the period of constructioq the resources needed and risk assumed would have outweighed the temporary benefit The skaters as a whole have appeared to agree with this plan. Based on these findings, staff has conUnued with the plan to se11 the old skatepark elements and have coordinated theu removal as previously scheduled. Consuucrion of the New Skatepark is scheduled to begin around the third week of April, and the opening is scheduled for mid-September ~ ~ ~ ..-ti New Boulder Skatepark Contributions Status Pro~ect total, estimated $500,000 as of 2/7/00 as of 4/24/00 Cash in hand, including BURA $39,598 $52,447 Cash pending, verbally promised 35,300 75,000 In-kind contrtbutions 21,410 29,101 Discounts 9_117 Total $96,308 $165,695 Contributions of in-kind value-added 11 367 Total resources secured 107 675 Actual Amount remaening to be secured $403,692 Grants pending and applied for Pending and unconfirmed contributions 215 000 Potential Amount remaining to be secured ~188, 692 , ~ ~~ 11 3 7 177 062 $334,304 1 S 1,500 115_000 $67,804 4~