Ann Arbor Skatepark Designer Selected

Wally Hollyday Skateparks is being recommended for design and construction oversight of the Ann Arbor Skatepark at Veterans Memorial Park. A selection committee announced the decision this week after reviewing responses to a request for proposals (RFP) issued by the city of Ann Arbor in April, and narrowing the finalists to two California firms: Wally Hollyday Skateparks and Wormhoudt Inc.

According to a press release issued by the city, the recommendation will be presented to the Ann Arbor park advisory commission for review at its meeting on Tuesday, June 19. That meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the second-floor city council chambers at city hall, 301 E. Huron.

The roughly $1 million project will be paid for through a combination of private donations – primarily solicited through the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark – a $300,000 state grant, and up to $400,000 in matching funds from the Washtenaw County parks and recreation commission. The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is acting as fiduciary.

Park planner Amy Kuras is the city’s point person on the project. Construction is expected to start in the spring or summer of 2013.