The City of Turlock is currently accepting proposals from qualified firms to design the new skate park to be built at Donnelly Park.
The Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park, currently located at 250 Starr Ave., is moving to Donnelly Park to allow for the sale of the land, which includes the War Memorial and old Turlock Police Station, to the Turlock Irrigation District.
To build the park, which is anticipated to open in August, the City of Turlock is beginning to accept proposals for design services.
Design services, per the Request for Proposals (RFP), include providing professional skate park services from conception to construction drawings and specifications.
“The RFP is for design work only,” said City of Turlock Director of Development Services and City Engineer Mike Pitcock. “When the proposals come in, we will evaluate them and choose the most qualified firm.”
According to Pitcock, state law looks at design services differently than construction, which allows the City of Turlock look for the most qualified, rather than lowest responsible bidder.
In addition, the design firm will be charged with holding two community meetings to receive feedback from residents on proposed designs. and creating 3-D color renderings of the design for said meetings. The dates of those community meetings are not yet set and will not be until after the design firm is selected.
Construction of the skate park, which will be put out to a bid once designs are complete with the lowest responsible bidder being awarded, is estimated to cost between $220,000 to $270,000, according to documents related to the RFP.
The design company is set to design the new skate elements, with input from the public forums, as well as design the park to include elements that will be moved from the existing skate park.
Existing features will consist mostly of rails, boxes, etc., with halfpipes and larger elements not being moved, as they were laid in place, Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Superintendent Erik Schulze previously said.
“Moreover, the new skate park will incorporate more skateable area and be “more free-flowing as opposed to the current skate park which is square with more ramps than open area,” supporting documents from the RFP read.
The proposed site for the new skate park at Donnelly Park.
Courtesy of City of Turlock