The Turlock City Council received a City Staff update on the Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park temporary closure and the plans to relocate the Turlock skate park to Donnelly Park.
The City will close the skate park currenlty located on Starr Avenue on Aug. 8 and begin the process of taking down existing elements. Some of the older elements have reached the end of their existence and will be replaced with a more updated version, while some pieces will be moved to the new Donnelly Park location.
The Turlock community will be without a skate park until the new one is constructed.
Despite estimates of a new skate park opening near the end of summer, a timeline has yet to be approved by the City Council.
Fortunately, the Wormhoudt Inc., of Santa Cruz, has provided a professional design that is “more modern in its current layout and much more skateable and has many new elements and features,” said Mike Pitcock, City Engineer and Director of City Services.
The total cost of the relocation with improvements is estimated at $350,000. The lowest and only responsive bidder to build the skate park was form California Landscape and Design Inc., of Upland, California, for the amount of $243,000.
The City received $240,000 from the Turlock Irrigation District’s purchase of the land that the current skate park currently sits on.
City Staff is recommending that the additional funding of just over $100,000 come from the Community Park Fund.
Community member Zack Wangner spoke in support of funding the skate park relocation project and moving forward with it as he told Council, “Skateboarding has taught me in life to be determined and to keep on pushing no matter how many times you fall down.”
On Sept. 8, Council will once again meet to discuss moving forward with the relocation process as they consider awarding a construction bid, approving the project’s timeline, and approving a funding source.
Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park Move to Donnelly Park Approved