Statzell and Town Utilities Supervisor Chris Bartels led the meeting held in the community center at Road 1 East and Perkinsville Rd, just a few yards away from where the new park is slated to be built.
“Zero,” was the answer Town Engineer Ron Grittman gave when asked what the town currently has budgeted for the project, expected to cost about $500,000. “We don’t have grants; we don’t have anything to build this with. What we have are creative staff members.”
Grittman went on to explain that once the design is approved, the town will then move forward with searching out local companies that are willing to donate construction materials and labor to complete the project.
Grittman said the town has had preliminary discussions with several contractors, including Fann Contracting, Inc. and Drake Cement who are willing to assist in completing the project.
While it is difficult to put an exact figure on the construction because of potential in-kind donations, Statzell said similar projects California Skateparks have designed and built across the country run approximately $24 to $35 per square foot. The Chino Valley park, depending on which design is approved, would be a little less than 20,000 sq. ft.
Several in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting offered up their design and park feature suggestions, as well as possible fundraising opportunities.
A few local business representatives at the meeting also expressed interest in providing services, ranging from transportation, skilled labor, and landscaping services.
The proposed park location, behind the community center at 1527 N Road 1 East, is the same site of the towns previous skate park, closed and demolished for safety reasons in the spring of 2012.
For more information on the project, contact the Town of Chino Valley at 928-636-2646 or visit www.chinoaz.net .
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