PINOLE -- A long-sought Pinole skatepark moved a step forward after the City Council settled on a design, even as it acknowledged that current funding, even with some augmentation, would only allow completion of two of three planned sections.
The council also added surveillance cameras and lighting to the project, which will increase a funding shortfall that stood at about $50,000 before the meeting. The council also ordered a study of possible Native American historical artifacts at the site.
The skatepark is supposed to be built in Pinole Valley Park, next to a soccer field in the eastern part of the park; previous studies found artifacts in the general area, but the soccer field was able to proceed after a 2001 environmental review.
Despite the funding shortage, a group of young skateboard enthusiasts, parents and other adult skatepark advocates appeared heartened by the council's 4-0 vote last week to move forward with design option C, Sections 1 and 2; councilman Peter Murray was absent.
The three design alternatives are contained in a staff report available on the city website at www.ci.pinole.ca.us/admin/docs/cc-rda/2013/2013-12-17/09C.pdf.
Earlier this year, the council established a budget of $213,439 for the skatepark project. With preliminary studies and engineering completed, underway or proposed, about $155,000 is left for construction of the skatepark. The first two of the three sections of the chosen option C will cost an estimated $198,000. Adding cameras for $25,000, lighting for $27,000 and electrical trenching for $5,500 would bring the cost to $255,000. Council members left open the possibility of dipping into a future needs fund to make up part of the shortfall, and to revisit the issue once bids for the work are opened.
The cultural study will cost $1,500.
The council revised an earlier schedule that had called for the final engineering to begin while the environmental review is in process in order to speed the project to completion late next summer. Citing prudence, the council voted to complete the review before beginning final engineering, acknowledging that this could postpone completion to the beginning of the winter rainy season.
Sections 1 and 2 would be tailored primarily to novice and intermediate skaters; Section 3 would be primarily for expert skaters.