Council to consider skate park bid
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Like learning to land that first kick-flip, Jono Moreau seems to be moving toward completing another challenge: getting the skate park rebuilt.Moreau, a 16-year-old skateboarder and Yampah Mountain High School student, expects the Glenwood Springs City Council to award a bid tonight to Grindline Skateparks Inc. for construction of phase one of the plans. Grindline recently submitted an updated proposal that added some street features to older plans. Parks and recreation director Tom Barnes recommended awarding Grindline the bid for design and construction of the 1,500 square-foot phase one for an amount not to exceed $60,000.”We’re going to have some bowls and vertical elements, but mostly street elements,” Moreau said. “Stair sets, anything you’d find around town, little ledges skaters like to grind that they’re putting skate-stoppers on, rails, gaps.”The overall layout and the location of a big central bowl amidst the street elements will help skaters flow from one feature to another, he said. Moreau estimated the park would ultimately be about 25 percent larger.Moreau said Grindline designed Carbondale’s skate park, but that the Glenwood’s park at Two Rivers Park will have less vertical and more street elements. Grindline’s proposal says it has designed numerous skate parks around the country.”Carbondale has a lot more vertical elements like bowls and they’re a lot more extreme for some of the riders here,” he said.Moreau said that Grindline construction foreman Jason Lyman may add some features or make slight changes to the current blueprints as he goes along to make it the best park possible. Grindline said Lyman is a longtime resident of the Glenwood Springs area.”This would be his home skate park and he will have a personal stake in providing the best skate park possible for Glenwood Springs,” Grindline’s proposal says. “He is already familiar with the project as well as the local skateboard scene and has been involved with this project since the beginning.”Moreau said he got interested in lobbying the city with the help of YMHS advisor Mike Podmore, and because the skate park had been falling into disrepair.”A lot of people haven’t been maintaining it,” he said. “Even the city itself. We’re hard skaters and we seem to mess up a lot of the elements we ride on other than concrete.”The city may not have known how bad the park was getting, he said.”You have to be able to ride it to understand there’s a bolt sticking out a quarter inch” that could catch a board during a grind and send a skater flying, he said. “If everyone pitched in on keeping the park up to date it’d be heaven for us.”Grindline said construction could begin by Sept. 17 and finish by the end of November.Moreau envisions a grand opening day once phase one is completed. There would be music playing all day and food and drinks dispersed to skaters.”I’m thinking about having a concert down at the amphitheater,” he said. “I have a DJ.” But even if the council awards the bid to Grindline and construction is completed, there’s still more work to do for phase two.”I’m going to be doing a fundraising class at (YMHS),” he said. “I’m actually the one teaching the class. We’ll be going to local businesses, filling out grants and getting more involved in raising money.”Moreau said phase two includes some additional street features off to the side. Funding for phase one would come mostly from the city, but phase two will require a more serious fundraising effort by the skaters, he added.”It’s not over yet,” he said. “I’d like to thank (Mike Podmore). He’s helped me a lot throughout this whole thing.”Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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