Wednesday, November 7, 2012

City lines up design firm for skate park

            The City of Buffalo has contracted New Line Skateparks, a design and construction firm out of British Columbia, Canada, to design a skate plaza in La Salle Park.
            Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Andrew Rabb said this will be the first public skate park in Buffalo.
            The current design budget is $250,000. The plaza will be two acres, built on an area of the park previously used for storage.
            “We’re looking to provide a safe place for skaters to skate and people to come together,” Rabb said. “Skating is something that crosses every type of social barrier.”           
            The city held public forums on Sept. 26 and Oct. 17 to incorporate feedback from the local skate community in the design process.
            New Line Senior Design Manager Bill Gurney said New Line’s services will carry the project through the design phase.
            “We are currently in the later stages of the concept phase,” he said. “From here we will transition into the design phase where any workshop participants can substitute suggestions about the design. Then we’ll close the door and prepare the construction design.”
            Rabb said New Line will be getting the final design out next month when they begin the bidding process. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring. By Brian Alexander and Jennifer Waters