Bridgewater authorizes skate park tender

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN PHOTO</p><p>Signage visible in mid-August off Bridgewater&#8217;s York Street - in the business park - at the site of the town&#8217;s first permanent skate park.</p>

A Hubbards area company will build the 788-square-metre concrete plaza that will become Bridgewater's first permanent all-wheels park.

Propour Concrete Services secured the $517,500 contract from the town, which includes an option of getting paid up to $60,000 for the clearing and grubbing, or a portion of the earthwork required to prepare the site for concrete. That job could go to a lower-quoted bidder.

The total cost of the York Street project is $645,000 with most of the money being spent during the current fiscal year. The park structure will have multiple transitions, including wall, stairs, ledges, bank and other features in addition to flat work, which supporters say will appeal to users of all skill levels.

The second phase of the park amounts to about 22 per cent of the project's total cost. Flagged for establishment in 2018 or 2019, it includes a 177 square metre concrete street-style leg in addition to a gazebo and asphalt concrete paving of the parking area and walkways.

Bridgewater's recreation department recently urged civic politicians to move ahead with the procurement this summer as most of the cash was ready for the initial phase and supporters didn't want to risk the confirmed grant money.

But Bridgewater taxpayers could be on the hook if fundraising for the skate park falls short and there's no ceiling as to how much money that could be if the initial phase wades into red ink.

Councillor Bill McInnis, arguably the most vocal town civic politician when it comes to the park's financing, continues voting against the majority of council because he thinks a neighbouring municipality should be approached to kick in more support.

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