Ann Arbor officials say construction of skatepark on city's west side won't begin for another year
Courtesy of Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark
The nonprofit Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark, which raised much of the money for the project, and parks officials from the city and Washtenaw County released a tentative timeline for the design and construction, saying the project is expected to begin in early spring 2013.
The skatepark group had been hoping to break ground this year, but the pre-construction activities are now expected to take six to eight months.
Given the proposed size and scope, it will take roughly four months to complete the $1 million project once construction begins next spring, according to the new timeline.
Ann Arbor officials said several phases of the project need to be completed before construction begins, including writing and issuing a request for proposals for selecting a firm to help design the skatepark at Veterans Memorial Park. That process has begun and will be complete near the end of this month, according to the timeline released on Friday.
Proposers will have three to four weeks to submit proposals to the RFP committee, which is made up of representatives from the city, the county and the skatepark group. The RFP committee will review the proposals and conduct interviews with the finalists.
Upon consensus among the RFP committee members, a recommendation will be submitted to the city's Park Advisory Commission, followed by City Council approval to award the design contract. Once a firm has been selected, the final design will be developed. After the final design is approved, a bid will be issued for the construction of the skatepark.
Funding for the skatepark comes from donations received by the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant and matching funds from the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.
The Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark is a coalition of parents, skaters, teachers and business and community leaders dedicated to the development of a public skatepark. The mission is to build a free skatepark as a permanent resource for the public.
The skatepark is expected to be designed and built by an experienced skatepark contractor, and include local skaters in the design process.
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