History

  • Fall of 2015: The Skatepark Advisory Committee was created by the Pequannock Town Council (see our FAQ page for more information).
  • In the Fall and Winter 2015 the Committee met regularly to research the logistics of building a Skatepark in Pequannock.
  • Winter 2015: The committee concluded that the lower cost of maintenance of a concrete park and it's ability to withstand the harsh climate in the Northeast region made it a more suitable option than a "pre-fab" park.
  • The Skatepark Committee met with members of Parks & Rec to come up with 3 possible locations in town for the proposed Skatepark. A presentation was then made at a Parks & Rec meeting sometime in the Winter of 2015. Many members of the public and Parks & Rec, voted unanimously to propose the location in Washington Park to the council.
  • In the start of 2016, The council approved to move forward with research using Washington Park as the proposed location.
  • Members of the flood advisory committee attended a skatepark advisory committee meeting to address their concerns about building a concrete structure in the 100 year flood zone.
  • Research was done and after contacting multiple builders and towns that have built concrete Skateparks in Flood prone areas, it was determined that the effects of, and on the Skatepark, due to flooding would be negligible.
  • It was determined by the Skatepark Committee and town council that in order to determine the total of cost of building a Skatepark a design and engineering study of the land would need to be done.
  • After multiple reports from the Skatepark Committee and much deliberation by the council, it was determined that money would be needed to do a study of the area.
  • Summer 2016: The Pequannock Skatepark Association was created with a fiscal sponsorship from Solid Foundation, with the purpose of raising funds to help pay for the construction of a Concrete Skatepark
  • The Skatepark Committee attended the budget workshops held by the town (all of which are open to members of the public who would like to ensure that the town is being fiscally responsible)
  • At the conclusion of the budget workshops, approximately $25,000 was included in the 2016 budget for design and engineering of a Concrete Skatepark.
  • Spring/Summer of 2016: the Skatepark Committee in cooperation with the office of the Town Manager, drafted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Design and Engineering of a concrete Skatepark.
  • Winter of 2017: As part of a larger capital improvement fund to make improvements to Washington park, the town council has committed $170,00 of the $429,000 in Section 1 Part D of Ordinance 2017-08 to contributing towards construction of the skate park. 
  • Spring of 2017: The winning bid for Design and Engineering was chosen and the Contract was awarded.
  • July 2017: The first design meeting was held at Town Hall and was open to the public. A presentation was made by the designer Pillar Design Studios which included information about a few of the 300+ Concrete Skateparks he has designed all over the USA and Europe. Including skateparks designed in 100 year flood plains.
  • It was suggested that the designer provide a few design options for the council ranging in size from 4,000sq ft to a Max of 10,000sq ft. with a budget of but not limited to $250,000.
  • Pillar Designs Presented a design for a 6,400 sq foot skatepark during a February Town Council Meeting. The estimated cost for the build is $382,000. However, that cost will vary when the design goes out to bid. The Design can be viewed here
  • We have acquired some commitments in-kind donations of materials and services. With the help of these in-kind donations, the construction will be reduced. The in-kind donations include $20,000 toward fencing. Concrete discount, concrete trucking discount, structural fill discount, trucking of structural fill, all pavers and clean fill needed for the walkway, all steel needed for coping and rails, and all excavating equipment.