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Way paved for Brawley skate park

April 17, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The proposed skate park here crossed a key hurdle Tuesday as the City Council moved toward building a baseball field for the high school district.

City officials said with the action Tuesday, the skate park should come to fruition in the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Building a baseball field for the Brawley Union High School District is a critical part of the skate park project because the skate park is to be built on what is now the district's practice baseball field west of the Lions Center gymnasium.


BUHS officials have said they are willing to provide that property for a skate park but on the condition the city provide a replacement ball field.

That is where the Brawley Elementary School District plays a role in the skate park deal.

The city and elementary district share property in Parkside Estates and have a joint-use plan that calls for building a park and school on that property. It is on that site that the city is looking to build the baseball field.

However, to do that the city had to amend its joint-use plan with the elementary district to allow the city to build the ball field for the high school district.

It was that amendment that the council voted 4-0 to support Tuesday. Councilman John Benson was absent from the meeting.

With the council's approval, the amendment to the joint-use plan is expected to go before the elementary school board later this month. That board is expected to approve the amendment since it includes language added by the elementary district's attorney.

Once agreements between the city and school districts are in place, the city will move ahead with the bidding process for a construction firm. Karin Morgan, city parks and recreation director, said the bidding process could start before the end of the fiscal year.

She said once the bid is awarded the building of the skate park would take six to 10 weeks.

About $390,000 has been set aside for the skate park, including $140,000 provided through a state grant, $150,000 from development impact fees and $100,000 from the city's general fund.

Morgan said $10,000 from the skate park fund will go toward the building of the baseball field but she said using those funds will not cut into the skate park project.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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