Skate park one step closer to reality

Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee discussed final plans for a skate park, as well considered bids for providing irrigation at Tompkins Park during its Thursday, Nov. 9 meeting.

Assistant City Manager Darla Jones led the presentation regarding the skate park plans. Jones explained the process to determine when a public works project such as this requires the hiring of an engineer. She demonstrated that in this case it was required.

“Because the expenses involved with the engineer did not exceed $50,000 staff did it, and we did it based on previous work done that this engineer has done on skate parks in other areas as well,” Jones said.

Engineer Anna Smith took over the presentation, providing the committee with three design alternatives.

Option one was estimated at $95,000 – $125,000 in construction costs, and was recommended to be put out for a base bid, according to Smith. She also suggested putting out a second option as an alternative bid, with an estimated cost of $150,000.

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