Framingham Skate Park Bids Exceed Budget; Meeting Tonight To Discuss Options

FRAMINGHAM – The bids that the Town of Framingham received to build a skate park on Farm Pond Park exceed the budget.

Tonight, May 24, the Framingham Skatepark Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting to discuss the closed bids received for the project.

Since the bids exceeded the budget, the Town of Framingham and the Committee need to review alternatives, including a potential phased approached to this park.

At tonight’s meeting at 7 at Framingham Parks & Recreation office at 475 Union Avenue, the Park department’s staff will be presenting a revised design and proposal to continue moving the project forward.

In February,  the Framingham Skate Park Advisory Committee unanimously approved the design for the town’s first skate park.

The design is a result of a collaborative effort between area skateboarders, the advisory committee, Pillar Design Studios, a professional skate park design company, and professional staff from the Parks and Recreation Department.

“This park provides the skating community with features that fit experienced and beginner skaters alike. It also has a flow design that will work with the BMX bike community,” stated Skate park Advisory Committee Chair  Selectman Jason Smith.

The plan was for the skate park to open to the public in Fall 2017.

In 2015, Town Meeting established the 11-member advisory committee and allocated $50,000 for design of the park.

In January 2016, the Advisory Committee voted 7-1 to move forward with a “Farm Pond South” location for the skate park.

In May 2016, Town Meeting approved the construction of a skate park in Framingham. The Skate Park Advisory Committee had recommended Town Meeting spend $400,000 to construct the park at Farm Pond, across from Loring Arena, but Town Meeting members approved $500,000 for the project.

The skate park was consultant Pillar Action Sports Development, with input from the Town and skaters.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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