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City selects skate park developer

Plans for a new skate park in Scappoose are moving forward.

The City Council approved a contract with Seattle-based Grindline Skateparks, Inc., whose request for proposal to repair the city's dilapidated skate park scored 491 of 500 possible points.

Grindline was one of four companies to submit a proposal.

In its proposal, Grindline states that the most cost-efficient way to use the $125,000 the city has budgeted for the park would be to use the existing park as a foundation. However, the company plans to construct a more rounded facility over the foundation “to accommodate end users of all ages and ability levels.”

Critics of the skate park have maintained that the current design is not very user-friendly or safe.

Dominic Anderson, one of the skateboarders who uses the park, served on the panel that evaluated the different park proposals. He thanked the City Council for going through the process and committing to building a new skate park.

“We need it,” he said. “It keeps us out of trouble and all that good stuff.”

Grindline has proposed holding one community meeting to gather input and discuss concepts for the park as the project moves forward next year with an estimated completion date at the beginning of May 2013.