City looks at possible sites for skate park
The city of Tonganoxie is searching for a site for a new skate park.
One possibility is west of the pedestrian bridge in VFW Park, according to City Admin-istrator Christopher Clark. Last week, Clark met with several Tonganoxie teens who are interested in establishing a park in the city.
So far, the city has committed $4,000 for development of a master plan. In addition, the 2002 proposed city budget contains $25,000 for a park.
"That would be the city's seed money," Clark told the teen-agers.
Other funding could come from private donations, the recreation commission and grants.
A skate park in Centennial Park in Lawrence cost about $120,000, while a park in Topeka cost nearly $200,000 and one under consideration in Lenexa is earmarked at more than $200,000, according to David Hamby of BG Consultants, a Lawrence firm that is preparing Tonganoxie's master plan.
A skate park could accommodate skateboarders, roller-bladers and bicyclists. In Lawrence, for example, bicyclists and skaters use the park at different times.
"It's up to you guys to police your park and be careful," Hamby told the teen-agers. "Bikes can use it, too."
The city, he said, would perform very little housekeeping at the park, once it's built.
"It's the responsibility of the skaters to pick up the trash," he said. "You'll be using it so you'll want to take care of it."
An 11,000-square-foot park is envisioned in Tonganoxie. The slab alone could cost between $30,000 and $40,000, Hamby said.
The teen-agers discussed the types of features they'd like in a park, and now Hamby will work on drawings, which will be reviewed at a meeting set for 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at Council Chambers, 321 Delaware.
Any features in the park will serve a wide range of abilities, Hamby said.
"You guys are the more advanced skaters," he told the teen-agers, "and we need to keep some features in for the beginners, too."