Skate park receives latest feature

November 2, 2005

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District cut the wait time on Friday to use the restroom at the Rotary Skate Park considerably.

The district, along with Montana-based Sun, Sand and Gravel, Inc., installed a 50,000-pound restroom on the northeast corner of the park.

“So I don’t think they can tip it over,” said Shirley Windle, co-owner of the construction company.

Lori Stirn, director of the parks and recreation district, said the $29,000 ready-made restroom should be ready for use by Dec. 1.

Installing a restroom at the Rotary Skate Park was one of the criteria under which the city’s planning department approved Jeff Blackman’s proposal to build an 840-foot-long BMX course on that 2.7-acre plot along Cascade Avenue and 20th Street.

A restroom was also one major component to the skate park project’s five phases.

It’s a project that will cost the parks district a little more than $160,000.

Installing a sewer line, alone, will cost $28,000.

The acquisition of two grants, however, helped reduce the district’s burden considerably.

The parks and recreation district earned an $82,000-grant from the Oregon State Parks – money from lottery funds – in August.

A $10,000 grant from the Oregon Investment Board is also alleviating some of that burden, Stirn said.

The restroom does not represent the district’s last project for the Rotary Skate Park. It has already begun construction of sidewalks that will border 20th Street and Wasco Street.

In the future, Stirn said, the parks district plans on removing some of the wooden skateboarding features that might be deteriorating and installing a play area for small children.

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