Wheels come off Camas plans to remodel skate park after city budget falls 43% short of supply

Camas officials have paused a long-awaited effort to replace dilapidated equipment at the city’s skate park with more durable, poured concrete features after a single bid went well over the city’s budget.

“The project has had great momentum, but right now we’re in a little hiatus,” Camas Parks and Recreation Director Trang Lam told Camas City Council members during the council meeting. the 3rd of October.

Lam said the city recently put out a tender for the skate park’s two-phase renovation, but “due to timing and market circumstances” only received one bid.

Grindline Skateparks, Inc. of Seattle estimated it would cost a total of $369,473 to complete the two phases of the skate park improvements – an estimate 43% above the city budget for the skate park renovation .

Grindline estimated that, including over $28,000 in sales taxes, it would cost the skate park construction company $274,834 to complete the first phase and $94,639 to complete the second phase – estimates that were respectively 52% and 35% above the city budget. , said Lam.

“Given that the city has received only one tender package at a price significantly higher than our estimate, staff recommends that the tender package be rejected and the city relaunch the project early next year,” Lam said in his report to the board. “The new bid (in early 2023) will likely attract more participants into the process, which will allow the city to evaluate multiple bid submissions to ensure we receive the most competitive bids.”

The council voted unanimously to reject Grindline’s bid and launch further bids on the skate park renovation in early 2023.

City leaders and skateboarding enthusiasts in Camas and Washougal have been working since 2018 to improve the 20-year-old Camas Skate Park, located at 2900 NE Third Ave. near the Camas-Washougal border, and hoped see construction begin this fall.

In August, Lam told city officials that the skate park project had been put on hold for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but had recently gained momentum thanks to fundraising efforts. funds from community members, Camas Parks Foundation and Clark’s Parks Foundation. County, which recently added nearly $30,000 to skate park improvement efforts.

“There’s a lot of energy around this project,” Lam said of the skate park upgrades in August. “This energy continued for several years. A lot of the business owners are young adults who came here and are still skaters…and they stepped up and helped fund that.

The city has allocated $75,000 in its capital budget for the park, and Lam said there is money in the city’s parks and recreation capital budget to improve parks and networks. of Camas trails that could be used to help fund improvements to the skate park.

Lam said in August that she also had a personal affinity for redesigning the skate park.

“I grew up skating and I have friends who skate,” the parks superintendent said, “so it’s close to my heart.”

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