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Skate Park contract could be approved

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

A construction contract for Douglas County’s skate park could be approved Thursday.

Greth Construction Inc. of Carson City has been recommended for the job. The construction contract totals $365,632 and includes a 10 percent allowance for needed changes.

The facility is to be located across Waterloo Lane from Lampe Park on land donated by Herman Herbig. Formal acceptance of the 3.5-acre donation, part of an anticipated 22-acre gift, is scheduled just after the construction contract is considered.

The skate park was originally planned at 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 better because the contractor doesn’t have to worry about disturbing Lampe Park and the county can build dirt berms instead of a concrete retaining wall, saving $15,000 that could be put back into the skate park.

“We still need to run water to the site, or landscaping or shade or some of the other amenities that were not included in the contract,” said Morgan.

The contract calls for the facility to be completed 60 days after it takes effect, but Morgan said winter weather will probably mean a spring finish.

“In reality, we’re still looking for a May date,” he said. “We will probably be giving a lot of weather days. Without (cold weather) it’s possible to do it much quicker.”

The county commission approved moving the facility in September. At the time, Morgan said he hoped to bring a contract for approval in December.

Morgan said design changes were immediately started after that September meeting to meet the December deadline. Herbig also helped expedite the donation process and the Community Development Department gave the project priority, Morgan said.

The county commission meets at 5 p.m. Thursday at the old courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.