RECREATION, LIBRARIES & AUTHORITIES COMMITTEE
BY COUNCILOR ANDERSON:
The city council finds as follows:
(a) The Duluth City Council appropriated CIP funds in 2003 for the community skate park to be built at Wheeler complex;
(b) These funds were placed in a designated account Fund 450-030-5530-CP2003-C215;
(c) In 2005, these funds were taken out of that account fund and used for a different purpose;
(d) The re-energized skate park committee has conducted additional fundraising and contributed $35,666.16 to bring current funds available amounting to $147,370.26 to design and build Phase I in 2008;
(e) Additional fundraising shall take place to construct Phase II in 2009;
(f) The former Peterson hockey arena site remains undeveloped and the Wheeler skate park would be more conducive to a skate park to be built upon such vacant site and is a convenient and appropriate site for the Wheeler skate park.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council supports and authorizes the development of Wheeler skate park in two phases. Phase I shall be built in 2008 using $140,000 from Fund 450-030-5530-CP2003-C215, inclusive of the available re-energized Duluth skate park committee funds in the amount of $35,666.16 which must first be requested and transferred into the above fund. Design and development plans shall also include a Phase II to be built in 2009, conditional upon additional funds becoming available. The skate park facility shall be relocated from the area between Wheeler recreation area entrance/bocce ball courts to the vacant former Peterson Hockey Arena site.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the Duluth City Council authorizes appropriate city officials to solicit requests for qualifications and request for proposals from qualified skate park design and design and build firms, payable out of Fund 450-030-5530-CP2003-C215, conditional upon availability of funds.
COUNCIL REQ/ATTY BFB:nmj 3/19/2008
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution authorizes the development of a skate park at the above designated location, and solicitation of requests for qualifications and request for proposals from qualified skate park design and design and build firms.