Tibbetts Valley Park will be the site for the new skate park, following unanimous approval by the Issaquah City Council Monday night.
In his presentation to the council, Brian Bernsten, the city’s parks and recreation manager, said the new park could be up to 9,000 square feet in size, much larger than the old park’s 5,600 square feet.
Skate park design and construction would range between $36 to $40 per square foot. The department has a $350,000 budget to work with, which must also include demolition and repurposing of the old park. Bernsten said that would cost $15,000 to $20,000. Funding will come from $150,000 of real estate excise taxes and $200,000 from the park mitigation fund.
The old park more than likely will be restored to native plantings, as it was before.
The next step is for the city to choose a design consultant who will work closely with the public and skating community to determine a design that works well for all levels of skaters.
The effort to build a new skate park began in earnest in 2013 as community members complained about the secluded location of the current skate park, which attracts an undesirable element.
The new location is highly visible, right across the street from the Issaquah Park-n-Ride, close to other recreational activities in Tibbetts Park and accessible to restrooms.
The council also revealed its top five 2014 goals, which were determined at its retreat May 17. They are to create a transportation master plan, revitalize old town Issaquah, determine an anchor project for the Central Issaquah Plan, measure and hold themselves accountable to provide affordable housing and address the growing drug problem in Issaquah.