Construction on the much anticipated skatepark in Kovach Park is set to begin next spring.
Revelstoke City Council gave its nod of approval for staff to enter into a $730,00 contract with Newline Skateparks for the design and build of the park. WSP Canada will also be hired to manage construction of the project at a cost of $68,100.
Laurie Donato, director of parks, recreation, and culture recommended the city sign a $800,000 contract with Newline Skateparks. City councillors expressed concern about this, particularly when it came to light that the $68,100 budget for WSP Canada was not included in this amount. A total of $792,340 has been raised for the skatepark but this amount did not factor in the hiring of WSP.
Council opted to give approval to sign a contract with New Line for the amount of $730,000, allowing for the $68,100 needed for project management, which is a separate contract. Donato said there is always the option of amending the price if more funds are raised through efforts by the Columbia Valley Skateboard Association.
“There’s always the opportunity to tweak the design so we don’t get into a position where we’re over budget,” said Donato. She also noted there are opportunities for outstanding grants and in-kind donations closer to the project date.
Council did express some concern on why staff felt the need to hire WSP Canada as a project manager. Allan Chabot, City of Revelstoke chief administrative officer, said he felt it was money well spent. He referred to a project in another community where they opted to save money by not hiring a project management company and ended up $300,000 over budget.
“I think this is money well spent to ensure things are kept on track,” he said.