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City Council advances skate park

Skate park
Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington is one step closer to a skate park.

Members of Huntington City Council unanimously approved a second reading of a ordinance authorizing a contract to develop a master plan for a skate park at Harris Riverfront Park at Monday evening's meeting. The $62,250 contract with AECOM Technical Services of Richmond, Va., will get the ball rolling on permits and construction documents needed to begin the initial phase of construction.

AECOM has enlisted the services of Team Pain, a company that specializes in the construction of skate parks, to help with the project.

Charles Holley, the city's director of development and planning, said it could be four to six months before ground is broken on the project.

"We get the construction documents secured and then I anticipate going directly into bids for construction," Holley said at Monday's meeting. "We'll need a few more council approvals, but construction could be four months, or more realistically, about six months out."

Holley said $130,000 has been set aside for the skate park project, with half going toward the design portion. He said contractors would come to Huntington soon and meet with city officials and the public, as well as the skate community, for input about plans and design.

"The contract allows us to go ahead and achieve one cohesive design for the park and then break construction down into three phases."

At Monday's meeting, council members also approved a first reading of an ordinance to remove and close four underground storage tanks at 1954 9th Ave., the site of the former ALLINONE convenience store. That project, which would cost approximately $28,000 if approved, would be paid for out of the Huntington Police Department's drug forfeiture funds.

A resolution authorizing construction of 1.2 miles of development for the PATH project in Rotary Park was also approved. Holley said the distance would use an abandoned section of roadway in Rotary Park that would be paved for a 10- to 12-foot wide path as part of the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

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