Skateboard Park Advisory Committee
February 13, 2012
Committee Members Present: Ryan Barth, Matthew Lee Johnston, Scott Shinn
Staff: Susan Golub
Note: The November 14, 2011 SPAC meeting was held concurrently with the final Roxhill skatepark design meeting at the Southwest Library and no minutes were taken. There was no SPAC meeting in January 2012.
The meeting began at 6:15
Kelly Davidson provided the following update via email: I have sent the SPAC bullet list of suggested alterations to California Skateparks and I plan to have a phone meeting them to discuss what may be feasible within the current footprint and budget. We expect 65% construction documents to be reviewed in the next couple of weeks.
Discussion ensued regarding general dissatisfaction with the existing skatepark design and potential remediations. Ryan noted that a number of features could be changed in subtle ways to improve the overall flow of the park, including small modifications to various transition and street features. Susan noted that site issues have introduced additional complexity to the process. Matt asked if there is an internal review process for vendors in the Parks system, and noted that a post mortem discussion of this skatepark project would be desirable upon completion. Ryan reiterated the SPAC’s initial concerns with the Rob Dyrdek Foundation donation to this skatepark project and California Skateparks’ designation as its sole source vendor, noting that a similar letter to the City will be in order at this time. Additional discussion ensued regarding the lack of a final design at the final public design meeting, and the need to document this fact for the sake of future skateparks.
Kelly Davidson provided the following update via email: 65% Construction Documents have been approved. Permit intake meeting will take place next week and project is expected to bid in May and start construction in July.
Hubbard Homestead Skatespot
This project should have begun construction this month, and has been plagued by delays. Ryan requested follow-up by Susan with Patrick Donohue. Additional discussion ensued regarding the inadequate status of lighting at Jefferson, the need for communication about this with Patrick to ensure that a quality lighting solution is achieved at Hubbard Homestead.
Morris Wainwright recently attended a lighting meeting on behalf of the SPAC with the lighting consultant and Kim Baldwin. At this time, it appears that there is no consistent standard for skatepark lighting solutions, both locally and beyond Seattle. Discussion ensued regarding the details of various shadows at Jefferson, the level of light required at this skatepark, the lack of LED lights that were originally expected, and the quality of service being provided by this consultant. Other than the lighting issue, the new skatepark is great and often packed with skaters.
Summit Slope Skatedot
No news at this time.
Crown Hill Skatedot
The grand opening for Crown Hill Park will occur on May 19th. Skate Like a Girl (SLAG) and Youth Employment Skateboarding (YES) will be presenting the first in a series of skate clinics at this location in March, initially to the staff of the Small Faces Child Development Center.
Kirke Park Skatedot
Despite a full, levy-funded public process, and a complete design review process, the bids for this skatedot are too high and there is not enough money in the budget to build the skate feature. It appears that there is something changing in the construction business as well, given that the low bid was $9K and the high bid was $40K. Construction of the park will begin in May. Discussion ensued regarding getting some money into this project before May in order to build this feature. If there are savings from Roxhill, these funds might be available for Kirke. Ryan to follow up with Kelly Davidson regarding the feasibility of this idea.
Lower Woodland Skatepark
Discussion about the lighting issue occurred, including a NMF grant, and bundling lights with the larger sports field improvement project currently slated to occur within the next 5 years.
Susan reported that Seattle has partnered with SLAG to apply for a $100K Innovations in American Government grant to extend services currently offered by YES. Discussion ensued regarding permitting for a skatepark clinic series, designated times for skate sessions at parks, excluding other groups of skaters who are not participating in clinics from public skateparks, size limits to clinics, life skills coaching offered by skate clinics, and the community value of paying teen skaters to be counselors at YES clinics. Additional discussion ensued regarding vendors and commercial interests at skateparks for purposes of promotion, product giveaway, and clinics.
Discussion ensued regarding the end of Parks and Green Spaces Levy funding, the recession, the lack of a future funding source for more new skateparks, the Opportunity Fund, the Neighborhood matching fund, maintenance costs, and budget cycle timing. Scott to follow up with Kevin Hilman regarding the next Opportunity Fund round and the Lake City skatedot campaign.
Matt noted the need to fund maintenance of the existing skatepark system, and establish a fund for future skatepark maintenance. Discussion ensued regarding this issue, which will become a primary objective of the SPAC in 2012.
Phase one is complete. A Small & Simple Grant may also be completed by local advocates for additional features. Kelly Davidson also provided the following update via email:
Funding was from the remaining Skatedot funds. Break down of costs are…
Construction of bench caps $8,790
Remaining funds $2,500
I just received confirmation that the Seattle Conservation Corps will take on all preparation for the slab on the interior of the curved benches. They have their own funding source to cover that portion of the work. I will need to find funding to have the concrete poured and finished and to fabricate the pole jam and steel bench. I’m expecting to use the remaining $2,500 toward this and I will need to see where else I can come up with some funds.
The meeting adjourned at 7:25. The next SPAC meeting will occur on Monday, April 9, 2012, 6PM, 100 Dexter Ave.