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September 15, 1997

Local News

Plans for skate park almost done

  Next step: budgeting
   by Andrew Walgamott
   BOTHELL--A park for area skaters is a little closer to reality.
   City officials have preliminary plans for a skate park which may include a half pipe, drop-in bowl, grind rails and launch ramps.

   The design comes after two years of planning with the Northshore Skate Park Committee, made up of local youths and parents.
   Pat Parkhurst, Bothell Parks and Recreation manager, said the park is tentatively set for the tennis courts near Pop Keeney Field. By using an existing hard surface, the cost of the facility would be kept down, Parkhurst said.
   But before park plans proceed further, Parkhurst said she would be submitting a budget request of $75,000 for equipment and installation to the city council this fall. Estimated cost of the design is between $75,000 and $100,000. Parkhurst said she hoped to get corporate and community sponsorship to complete the project.
   The Northshore School District must approve the project before it is built.
   Parkhurst said a recent change in state law added skateboarding and hanggliding to recreation activities city's can hold with limited liability and insurance concerns. She said Bothell's park would probably be unsupervised, but well maintained.
   The Pop Keeney location is visible, well lit and has good bus access.
   Within the next two weeks final plans for the park will be on hand at City Hall. Contact Pat Parkhurst at 486-3256 for more details.