Brookings City Manager Leroy Blodgett told the skate park committee Thursday that he will be submitting a grant application for $60,000 by March 15.

The application is for matching funds, Blodgett said. Since we have $20,000 on hand, that means we need to raise $40,000 in cash and donated labor and materials.

Parent Mary Jo Delaney joined committee chairman Russ Johnson, Blodgett, City Councilor Frances Johns, Parks and Recreation Chair Craig Mickelson and Buzz Hansen, consulting engineer.

Delaney said she had thought about coming to a skate park committee meeting before and happened to remember this one.

Keith (her son) would have been here tonight but he had a basketball game, she said.

Blodgett said the committee appreciated input from parents and skateboarders.

We would like to get some young people involved in this as it begins to develop, he said. It would be good to get them involved in fund raising activities.

At the skate park committees last meeting on Nov. 30 they accepted a bid of $120,000 for construction of a 10,000-square-foot skate park on city-owned property at Bud Cross Park.

The bid was made by Dreamland Skateparks, a group with the reputation as one of the best skate park design team in the country.

The bid gave a breakdown of costs, including materials, concrete, crushed rock, concrete pump truck, rental of construction equipment, labor and design costs.

Johnson said the design team will be in Austria in June to build a skate park.

Theyll be there for nine weeks, so were looking at September or October for our project, he said.

Johnson said the team estimated the construction of the Brookings skate park would take about 30 days.

The team has built five Oregon skate parks the Burnside Project in Portland and parks in Lincoln City, Newberg, Newport and Aumsville.

They used the figures from the Aumsville park for bidding our project, Johnson said.

There are already 31 skateparks in Oregon. The state leads the world in number of skateparks, most of them considered world class, Johnson said.

The committee set its next meeting for 7 p.m. March 15 at city hall.

Blodgett said he would have copies of the grant proposal available at that time for review.