By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
A group once interested in refurbishing the surfaces of Keizer’s Carlton Skate Park has pulled out of the project.
Keizerite Joe Bazan and owners of Lincoln City-based Dreamland Skateparks presented a proposal to the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in November 2014 and requested $12,000 in matching funds to cover the costs of resurfacing the park and enhancing its offerings.
Bazan returned in February 2015 with a revised proposal asking for $5,000, which was unanimously approved by the board.
At a meeting of the parks board Tuesday, June 14, Robert Johnson, Keizer parks manager, informed the members of the parks board that plans had fallen through.
“The individual interested in resurfacing Carlson Skate Park is no longer interested. It puts $5,000 back in the matching grant pot for someone else to take the lead, or for other projects that surface in the coming year,” Johnson said.
Carlson Skate Park opened in July 1999, but has since fallen into disrepair. Cracks and worn surfaces have meant that regular skateboarders and BMX bikers gather at the park and then spend a good deal of their riding time in the parking lot rather than on the ramps and bowls of the skate park.
At the time of the 2015 proposal, Bazan hoped to revamp much of the park at a total cost of approximately $32,000, with grants and sponsorships covering costs not incurred by the city.
“The majority of the park has no real transition, a lot of obstacles weren’t positioned correctly and they added pointless things (at the time it was built),” Bazan said in 2015.
With the return of the money to the parks matching-grant program, members of the board made no motion to earmark it for Carlson Skate Park.
“Are we interested in pursuing it?” asked Dylan Juran, a member of the board “I think it is worthwhile.”
Board member Jim Taylor noted that the longer repairs are delayed the more expensive the project is likely to get.
“At some point, it’s going to become a liability,” said Bill Lawyer, director of Keizer Public Works.