Union Gap is closer to rolling on a new skate park after initial designs and an estimated price tag of $192,000 were released earlier this month.
The city has about $40,000 in donations, grants and allocated funding for the project, as well as a $25,000 commitment for “in-kind” services such as labor and materials being provided from the city.
The initial design was unveiled Feb. 18 at a community meeting in Union Gap, and City Manager Rod Otterness said some public input may lead to changes in design of the project, which will be installed at Cahalan Park near South 18th Street and East Washington Avenue.
“I don’t think it was changed very much,” Otterness said.
The design currently includes miniramps, rails, ledges, steps and a bowl-shaped feature for riding, or “grinding,” as skate enthusiasts call it.
Otterness said a more detailed plan is expected to be presented to the council as soon as March with options for how to fund and proceed with it. Otterness said it’s possible that will include tax revenue generated from the city’s three marijuana retail stores.
“I think all the council members care about kids and want to provide activities for kids not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because keeping kids positively engaged is considered the number one way to make sure they don’t fall into a lifestyle of drugs and gangs,” Otterness said.
The plan has been in the works for nearly two years after local school children approached the city with the proposal, which a number of community members have since rallied around. So far more than 150 individuals, businesses and nonprofits have contributed to the skate park fund, according to the city’s website.
The design was drafted by the Seattle firm Grindline Skate Park Design and Construction for about $4,250. The firm previously designed two Yakima County skate parks, the 12,000-square-foot setup at Kiwanis Park and the 3,600-square-foot Prosser skate park.