If a Recreation Passport Grant application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is successful, the skateboard park in Three Rivers will take on a new look.
In a unanimous action Tuesday evening (April 19th), the Three Rivers City Commission adopted a resolution authorizing submission of an application for such a grant in an amount not to exceed $44,000 – including the grant and local match – for a Memory Isle Skateboard Park Improvement Project.
According to a staff report on the subject, the funding source will include a grant and matching funds from the city. The total grant request would be for $42,314.64, including $26,484.04 in grant monies and $15,830.60 in city matching funds.
The report says the city’s matching funds could include $7,995, which was part of the Special Projects Capital Request for the skateboard park for FY 2011/2012. The total match for the grant will be $15,830.60 which would be made up of funds from the walnut tree sale as well as in-kind match of time and equipment by city personnel which could come out of General Fund.
According to the report, “The grant monies will be used for sanding, repainting, and resurfacing of existing equipment at an estimated cost of $4,362; area restoration estimated at $750; and the purchase of a new 3’ tall by 8’ wide by 27’ long half pipe at an estimated cost of $14,785 and the contractual costs of the asphalt removal and site prep for new, full depth asphalt (of) $6,587.50.”
In comments regarding the grant application:
• Commissioner Daryl Griffith said, “I think this is a great thing. We have needed to do this for a long time. The skateboard park was taken out of Scidmore (Park) with every intent of having a nice skateboard park at the tennis courts. It has not been nice for a very long time.” Griffith also noted the possibility of securing money from the state to cover part of the cost of the improvement project.
• Commissioner Wendy Shank said, “I’m in favor of this.”
• Commissioner Carolyn McNary said, “I’m really excited about this.”
• Commissioner George Ramsey voiced support for the grant application.
• And Mayor Ken Baker said, “I’m all in favor of it.”
Special Projects Engineer Merritt Brown said the project would involve taking out the old asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt. He also indicated the skateboard park would be “fenced in and lockable.”
The resolution approving submission of the grant application notes that the city’s Five Year Parks and Recreation Plan includes objectives to “Upgrade and improve existing parks to provide high quality recreational opportunities that are safe and accessible.” It also says, “The City of Three Rivers Parks and Recreation Survey indicated the desire for additional skatepark equipment and upgrades to the area.”