Skate park supporters see two-phase project



BAR HARBOR — Leaders of a project to build a skateboard park on the town athletic field now intend a two-phase approach to construction, MDI Skatepark Association chair Karen Svenson told town councilors May 6.

The first phase of the project would see “street” style ramps and rails on a level concrete pad occupying approximately 5,000 square feet of space. The second phase would fill nearly 4,000 square feet of adjacent space with a multi-level “vert” style bowl element.

Final cost estimates are still to be established, Svenson said. The group estimates each phase likely will cost $150,000 to $200,000.

According to the agreement reached with town council last fall, the group faces an October deadline to complete fundraising and begin construction on the park.

Svenson said May 6 that the group has raised $20,000 in cash and pledges. The group expects to approach potential large donors this summer and is applying for grants for the project, she said.

Svenson told councilors, to allow for the two-phase approach to construction. Each phase would have separate defined costs and neither would begin until all funds to build the phase and a 10-percent contingency were in place, the proposed agreement states. The association would still adhere to the October 2014 deadline to begin construction, albeit only on phase one.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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