COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
McIntire Road Skatepark Renovation
County Plan to Participate in Emergency Repairs to Skatepark
Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, and Mullaney
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
May 7, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The McIntire Road Skatepark was originally constructed in 2000 with City, County and private funding. The County contributes annually to the park’s operating expenses based on County usage. In FY 2006-2007 skatepark usage totaled 9,184 over the 10 month operating season. County residents accounted for 45.08% of the total park usage, City residents accounted for 26.25%, and residents from other localities accounted for 28.67%. In recent months the City removed most of the original wooden ramps and structures due to safety concerns resulting from heavy use and weather exposure. In an effort to restore the park as quickly as possible, the City is purchasing replacement apparatus and ramps. The City has requested that the County contribute 50% of the cost of the replacement equipment.
Goal 1: Enhance the Quality of Life for all Citizens.
Goal 2: Develop Policies and Infrastructure Improvements to Address the County’s Growing Needs.
The skatepark is well used by County residents. Staff believes that the County’s partnership with the City in maintaining the skatepark should be continued, and that contributing 50% of the costs to replace park equipment is reasonable. The replacement equipment combines a high-strength galvanized structure with a durable weather resistant high performance surface. The total cost of the replacement equipment is $187,000 with the County share being $93,500. The recommended funding strategy is to reprioritize and reduce existing park enhancement projects for FY08 and FY09 to cover the County’s 50% share of the replacement equipment costs. The planned projects to be impacted include several park restroom renovations that would allow year round use of those facilities. It should be noted that those projects were already being reconsidered due to anticipated increased operating costs associated with year round restroom facilities. The McIntire Skatepark will eventually need to be relocated due to the planned 250 Bypass interchange project. The new equipment is capable of being moved and will continue to be used when the skatepark is relocated. City and County staff are scheduled to begin preliminary discussions to identify relocation options during the summer of 2008 in anticipation of the interchange project being approved in the fall of 2008. Once the project is approved, the City and County will involve the community in discussions regarding the relocation and design of the skatepark.
The total cost of replacing equipment is $187,000. The County’s 50% share is $93,500, which would be funded from existing appropriated and scheduled CIP funding.
Staff recommends approval of the 50% cost share of the McIntire Skatepark renovation in the amount of $93,500 as outlined above. No additional appropriation is necessary.
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