Top News

Contract for Queens skatepark design awarded

The future site of the Queens Skatepark. Located just off the side parking lot at Queens Place Emera Centre.
The future site of the Queens Skatepark. Located just off the side parking lot at Queens Place Emera Centre.

LIVERPOOL - The municipality has decided who will design its new skatepark.

Council for the Region of Queens Municipality announced at its March 8 meeting the contract to design the facility was awarded to Spectrum Skatepark Inc.

The Vancouver-based company has designed more than 170 skateparks worldwide. Jim Barnum, founding president and designer/project manager of the company, was one of the initial consultants the Queens Skatepark Association spoke to.

  Barnum came to a public meeting at Queens Place Emera Centre several years ago to talk to the public about what a skatepark in Queens could look like.

 Ian Kent, co-chairperson of the Queens Skatepark Association, says he’s pleased the design contract was awarded to Barnum’s company.

 “We’re super excited that his design bid came in and that he was the successful bidder on the project,” Kent said. “We’re super excited to have a Jim Burnam park.”

 Spectrum designed other Nova Scotian skateparks, including the Halifax Commons and in Chester.

Kent said designers would be doing public consultations on the look and feel of the future park.

 

The details

Design of the skatepark is expected to cost $40,000, plus HST. That money comes from funds raised by the Queens Skatepark Association. Although the project has been funded by donations, technical aspects of the project - such as building and design tenders - are being carried out by the municipality with the association’s advice.

The municipality gave the project pre-budget approval at the March 8 session.  The total budget for the park is approximately $530,000. The municipality also provided in kind donations valued at approximately $200,000, including land next to Queens Place Emera Centre and preparation.

More than $270,000 in donations is held in a trust; another $58,200 has been pledged. Kent said more fundraising might be done to increase the budget.

 The timeline for the project has also been adjusted slightly. In December 2015, the municipality announced work on the skatepark would begin in the spring, with the goal of the park opening in the summer. Construction is now anticipated to start in mid-summer and conclude in the fall.

The size of the park is not set in stone yet, but is possibly more than 12,000 square feet. A company to work on the actual construction of the facility has yet to be selected.

Council for the Region of Queens Municipality announced at its March 8 meeting the contract to design the facility was awarded to Spectrum Skatepark Inc.

The Vancouver-based company has designed more than 170 skateparks worldwide. Jim Barnum, founding president and designer/project manager of the company, was one of the initial consultants the Queens Skatepark Association spoke to.

  Barnum came to a public meeting at Queens Place Emera Centre several years ago to talk to the public about what a skatepark in Queens could look like.

 Ian Kent, co-chairperson of the Queens Skatepark Association, says he’s pleased the design contract was awarded to Barnum’s company.

 “We’re super excited that his design bid came in and that he was the successful bidder on the project,” Kent said. “We’re super excited to have a Jim Burnam park.”

 Spectrum designed other Nova Scotian skateparks, including the Halifax Commons and in Chester.

Kent said designers would be doing public consultations on the look and feel of the future park.

 

The details

Design of the skatepark is expected to cost $40,000, plus HST. That money comes from funds raised by the Queens Skatepark Association. Although the project has been funded by donations, technical aspects of the project - such as building and design tenders - are being carried out by the municipality with the association’s advice.

The municipality gave the project pre-budget approval at the March 8 session.  The total budget for the park is approximately $530,000. The municipality also provided in kind donations valued at approximately $200,000, including land next to Queens Place Emera Centre and preparation.

More than $270,000 in donations is held in a trust; another $58,200 has been pledged. Kent said more fundraising might be done to increase the budget.

 The timeline for the project has also been adjusted slightly. In December 2015, the municipality announced work on the skatepark would begin in the spring, with the goal of the park opening in the summer. Construction is now anticipated to start in mid-summer and conclude in the fall.

The size of the park is not set in stone yet, but is possibly more than 12,000 square feet. A company to work on the actual construction of the facility has yet to be selected.

Recent Stories