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Contract approved for skate park construction

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

A construction contract for Douglas County’s skate park has been approved, a month earlier than expected.

The county commission approved a $365,632 contract Thursday with Greth Construction Inc. of Carson City. The contract includes a 10 percent allowance for needed changes.

The county also paid Herman Herbig $10 for a 3.5-acre site for the skate park. The site is across Waterloo Lane from Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

The skate park was originally planned for Lampe Park, but the availability of the Herbig property and earlier concerns about crowding at Lampe prompted the county commission to relocate the facility.

Community Services Director Scott Morgan said the new location is a “win-win” situation for everyone. While the county had to pay another $4,000 to adapt plans for the Lampe site to the Herbig site, Morgan said some savings will result because a $15,000 concrete retaining wall won’t be needed.

Overall, the Herbig property is more efficient, he said.

Though a May completion date has been projected for the skate park, it could be done earlier depending on the weather.

Morgan said the plans for the Lampe site were reviewed as soon as the relocation was decided in September, allowing the contract to be negotiated nearly a month earlier than expected.