Proposed skate park donations are still being accepted

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As DuPont’s 2013 budget cuts threaten to lock up bathroom’s at Powderworks Park and let the grass grow on the ball fields, there is one recreation construction project that still has a chance – a very slight one at that –  of being fulfilled.

DuPont’s 6,000 square foot modular skate park could still be built if the city received $97,057 in donations before the summer of 2013. The city received a $97,057 Washington Wildlife Recreation Program grant a year ago. According to the terms of the grant, the city will contribute $97,057 in cash, donations of cash, labor and materials.  The cost to build the skate park in Powderworks Park is $194, 114.

“Due to the city’s budget situation, I don’t see utilizing public funds to match the grant. However, there is still an opportunity for private donors to contribute to the project,” said Grayum in a recent interview with South Puget Sound News.

Grayum, who as a council member worked hard behind the scenes for the WWRP grant, has long said this project needs to be supported by private funds in order to make it a success.

If you want to make a donation for the skate park project, contact Amy Walker with DuPont Parks and Recreation at 253-964-8121.

Pierce County News featured the skate park project in a December 2011 broadcast.

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  1. Ed Healy December 11, 2012 at 8:39 am - 

    It’s too bad the $125,277 we’ve already spent on the skate park doesn’t count toward getting any grant money.

    Q: Didn’t the grant about get reduced to under $20k at some point, anyway?

    • CaraSPSN December 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm - 

      The original amount awarded last year started in the $20K area but increased as more money became available from the state. In the end, the full amount was awarded.

      • Ed Healy December 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm - 

        The deadline is some time this Summer, correct?

  2. Guest December 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm - 

    What will be the maintenance/administrative costs be for the new skateboard park? Is there any effect on liability insurance costs for the park? What public safety cost increases are anticipated? How will such costs be funded?

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