SKATE PARK'S FUTURE LOOKING BRIGHTER

October 03, 2000 11:00 pm

A skate park for Brookings-Harbor youth has moved closer to becoming a reality, officials said Tuesday.

Photographs and topographical descriptions of the proposed skate park property have been sent to the proposed designers, said Russ Johnson, chair of the Brookings Skate Park Committee.

We expect to receive a response from the designers at any time, Johnson said.

The committee decided last month to enlist the help of the Dreamland Skate Park Design Team, a Portland-based firm that has designed parks for other cities.

The estimated cost of the design for Brookings is $4,000 to $5,000, Johnson said.

City Manager Leroy Blodgett said he has received very favorable reports on the Dreamland design team.

I agree with Russ Johnsons assessment of this group. I think theyre in it for the love of the sport, Blodgett said.

Johnson said he sent the photos and topography to the group last weekend and expected to hear back soon.

If all goes well, and the design costs are not prohibited, committee members said construction of the skate park could begin by summer of 2001.

Johnson asked the skate park committee whether they wanted to add a couple of young people to the group.

I know that was the original plan, but I wonder whether these young people might get impatient with the process and disrupt the proceedings of the committee, Johnson said.

I wouldnt like to have their negative attitude affect the work of the committee, he said.

Bring em in, said committee member Sandy Hislop. I think were tough minded enough to withstand their negativity.