In response to my column this week on how McKinleyville could build a skate park in the near future, a reader emailed this link showing skate parks that were built for less than $100,000. It’s food for thought.
Based on what the McKinleyville Skate Park Organization has already raised in the form of cash and donations of labor and materials, and the $25,000 that the MCSD previously agreed to contribute, we could afford a $100,000 skate park today. In my column I suggested that the budget be pegged at $150,000, with the additional coming from the non-profit and the MCSD.
I’m curious if there’s any interest in this idea, or if everyone wants to stick to the skate park that will cost $380,000 to $450,000 just for phase 1? I like the fancy design, I’m just not as optimistic that the money could be raised anytime soon.
Also, what I didn’t mention in my column is that the project would probably have a better chance of getting grant funds if there was something already built on the ground, like a $150,000 park. That park could be designed to allow for a future expansion.