Online survey completed for planned Van Buren skatepark, pump track
VAN BUREN — County Crawford’s largest town completed a survey last week seeking community input for a planned skate park and pump track.
American Ramp Co., a Joplin, Mo.-based company that focuses on designing and building skate teams and bike parks, closed the investigation on its website at midnight Saturday.
Mayor Joe Hurst said Thursday the survey was posted online Aug. 19 after a public engagement meeting for the park project was held at the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on August 18.
Hurst said Van Buren is in the design phase of the project, which is expected to take place at Dr. Louis Peer Memorial Park at 1764 City Park Road. The city completed a parks and recreation plan in 2015 after several community input meetings that called for a skate park at the site.
“Providing more recreational opportunities for Van Buren has been a big priority since 2015 and I’m excited for this next opportunity,” Hurst said.
Michael Brammer, chairman of the Parks & Recreation Commission, said the project would improve the quality of life in the city.
Brammer said the Louis Peer Park skate park and pump track would encompass a dilapidated municipal swimming pool closed to the public and its surrounding terraced landscape.
“Some of the existing features will be incorporated into the new skatepark and pump track, such as stairs, handrails and concrete bleachers where people used to sit and watch kids swim,” Brammer said. . “The plan is to repurpose and repurpose much of the pool concrete in hopes of incorporating it into modern updates as one of the main attractions.”
According to Brammer, the city anticipates that the skate park and pump track will both have beginner, intermediate and advanced level features.
Hurst said American Ramp Co. has been providing concept design services for the project since June 28. The company’s contract with the city lists the cost of its services at $16,000, which began with a kick-off meeting to review the project’s goals, objectives, opportunities and constraints. .
American Ramp Co. is set to summarize what it found through its community involvement with the city after the investigation, according to the contract. He will then create an initial conceptual design based on the project objectives, existing site conditions and target budget, which he will revise based on feedback from the city. From there, the city will review and approve the final skate park and pump track design and receive a formal cost proposal to fabricate and install the approved design.
Hurst said the cost proposal should be submitted to the city “in the coming months.”
Links to the survey can be found on the city’s website, in addition to its Facebook and Twitter accounts. These were questions regarding what the resident would like to see at the planned skateboard park and pump track, in addition to their skill level in their chosen activities, when and how often they plan to use the park and how he would access it mainly this. It also asked residents to select a specific age group they belong to and provide their postcode.
Hurst said an estimated timeline for the project indicating when construction will begin and end, as well as when it will be open to the public, has yet to be set.
Brammer noted that American Ramp Co. developed the Riverfront Skate & Bike Park at 121 Riverfront Drive in Fort Smith which was completed in 2018.