Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Skate park design meetings set

by Lisa Seiser

June 09, 2011

By the end of the month, it is likely there will be conceptual drawings for Lake Geneva’s new skate park.

But before that happens, the community, including city officials, skaters, BMXers, parents, kids and residents are invited to provide their input during the first Wheel Friendly Plaza design meeting Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at the Riviera. The meeting, which will be led by skate park designer Mike McIntyre, president of Action Sport Design, is to discuss the proposed “wheel friendly skate plaza design for Dunn Field.”

Kanten Russel, a principal designer with ASD, who will be working on the Lake Geneva Skate Park facility, said the meeting will follow an agenda in which those in attendance will talk about all aspects of the project. He said those items include how big the park will be, what style, programming, dynamic elements to be included, landscaping, access, parking lots and determining how the park will fit into the community.

Part of the process will involve group work in which those in attendance can discuss and suggest what elements they would like included in the park. Russel said the meeting is intended to gather feedback for the users’ desires and design ideas.

“We want to make this very unique to Lake Geneva and integrate it into the community,” Russel said.

He said a goal of the discussions and the designs will be to make the facility part of the community.

“We want to make it Lake Geneva,” he said. “This is an open canvas and they are giving us their dream.”

Once the information is gathered, ASD will start drawing and designing a park.

A June 29 meeting also is set for the Riviera starting at 6 p.m. At that time, the conceptual drawings will be presented to those in attendance and more information will be gathered based on those designs.

Park Board Chairman Doug Skates said he hopes many people attend the design meetings to be part of creating the park concepts.

Skates said he has heard feedback about ASD and their design workshops. He said they are very well organized and he expects significant involvement from the park users. He also hopes other community members and city officials attend.

ASD was chosen as the design firm out of a total of four of the top skate park designers in the world. ASD, located in Carlsbad, Calif., has designed and built with Who Skates parks all over the country, including St. Cloud, Minn., and Denver.

Late last month, members of the City Council voted 5-3 to spend $30,000 for design and engineering services for a new skate park, that is estimated to cost between $250,000 and $350,000.

The city’s Park Board has been discussing building a new skate park for a couple years. There is $550,000 in the city’s Tax Incremental Financing District project fund for a new facility. The tax money is already collected to the tune of more than $6 million right now.