City Council members said the city may want to have an engineer look at soil conditions at Poesta Creek Park before that property is selected as the site for the construction of a large, concrete structure.
City Manager Tom Ginter told council members that the Beeville Parks and Recreation Commission had met on Nov. 16 and had recommended that the council choose Poesta Creek Park on South Tyler Street as the location for the skating facility.
Their recommendation came after commissioners were told that their most recent choice, on land adjacent to the west side of the Beeville Boys and Girls Club, had been rejected by the Beeville Youth Soccer League.
The league maintains soccer fields west of the club building.
During the Nov. 16 PARC meeting, Ginter read a letter from Commissioner Gilbert Herrera saying he wanted to recommend that park for the location of a skating facility.
Other commissioners agreed.
Two of the three council members, Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten, were poised to go along with the recommendation when Councilman David Carabajal pointed out that there may be some concerns about using that park.
Carabajal reminded fellow council members that “we had shied away from that park earlier.”
He cited concerns brought up by former City Manager Ford Patton when the park was first considered. Patton told the council at that time that the area had once been a landfill site and that there may be concerns about the compaction of the soil there.
Also, a couple of large, concrete sewer lines are located there. Carabajal said there are some substantial manhole-type structures on the grounds of the park.
“It would probably be a good idea to investigate those issues,” Martinez said.
Ginter recommended having the city’s engineering firm of record, Urban Engineering, check the soil conditions and presence of sewer lines before that park is selected for the skate park.
Engineer Jim Urban attended the meeting and said his firm had participated in the construction of a bowl-type skate park in Port Aransas recently.
He assured the council that his company could conduct the study of the proposed site.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.