Majors said the contact would be for a specialized project and he wanted to interest companies that could both design and build the facility. He also said he will advertise in a number of publications to interest companies that specialize in skate parks.
John Longoria, a consultant hired by the city to oversee park improvement projects being funded by a recent bond issue, said the city has budgeted $200,000 for a skate park.
He and Majors told the council that they are looking at three locations for the proposed facility.
Earlier planners had recommended Flournoy Park for the skating feature but some of the adjacent property owners objected to having the facility there.
Longoria said Martin Luther King Recreational Park and Poesta Creek Park on South Tyler Street also are being considered for the skating facility.
Majors said the skate park will be designed for future expansion. The facility will be designed for use by skateboarders and in-line skaters only, as opposed to bicyclers.
A public hearing is to be held on Nov. 30, the closing date for proposals.
Longoria said the project will remain open to negotiation and discussion. Facility designers will have an opportunity to make a recommendation on a proposed location.
In other park-related action, the council voted to:
— Extend the contract with Longoria.
— Approve the first and second readings of resolutions pertaining to invoices sent to the city by Gignac and Associates, a Corpus Christi-based architectural firm and with AG/CM.
— Pay an invoice from Thomas M. Dolezal, Registered Professional Land Survey for work done in relation to the parks improvement projects.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.