The high school district board has voted 3-2 to support the land swap in concept but the condition was set that the city provide a replacement ballpark for BUHS. That is where the elementary district came into play.
The city and the elementary district have a joint-use agreement for land in the Parkside Estates area upon which plans call for the building of a school and park.
It is upon the that land hat city officials sought to build the ballpark. To do that the joint-use agreement with the elementary district had to be amended.
The City Council, in a meeting earlier this month, approved the amendment.
City Parks and Recreation Director Karin Morgan said if the BUHS board gives final approval to the land swap, the skate park project could go out to bid before the end of the fiscal year in June.
Garth Isom, BUHS superintendent, said he does not expect the board to reverse its support for the land swap and skate park.
He has said such a park would provide a safe site for youths to practice skateboarding and in-line skating.
Information was unavailable this morning on when the high school board might discuss finalizing the land swap.
The city has about $390,000 set aside for the building of the skate park and the baseball field. That funding includes a $140,000 state grant, $150,000 in development impact fees and $100,000 from the city general fund.
Once a bid for the project is awarded to a construction firm, the skate park could be built in two months. City officials have said they expect the park to be in use in the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1.
>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.