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Bemidji City Council approves Skatepark bid
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

A young man silently walked out of the council chambers at Bemidji City Hall Monday evening, pausing in the hallway just long enough for a fist pump.

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It was a happy moment for local skateboard enthusiasts as the Bemidji City Council voted unanimously to award the bid for the first phase of skatepark construction to Spohn Ranch of California.

"This has been a long time coming," said Mayor Richard Lehmann, who noted that the effort for a local skatepark has been ongoing since about 1997.

Spohn Ranch of California was the low bidder, of five received, for the first phase of the Bemidji skatepark, which will be constructed in the renovated Bemidji City Park, located next to the Bemidji Curling Club. Spohn Ranch submitted a bid of $314,473.21.

The bid came in just under budget. The city had dedicated $150,000 to the project and the Skate & Bike Association raised $166,000 in donations, giving the project a budget of $316,000. The engineer's estimate was $320,000.

Marcia Larson, the city's parks and recreation director, told the council that Spohn Ranch is expected to be on site later this month.

The skateboard project is on track to be completed this fall, she said.

Through the bid process, the city also included requests for two bid alternates, one of which would complete the entire skatepark. That option would feature another 4,900 square feet, including the flow course. That aspect will be "phase two" of the skatepark project. Spohn Ranch's bid for that alternative, which also was the low one received, was $140,319.17.

The other bid alternate is to close off the bowl area, adding 750 square feet. It would cost, according to Spohn Ranch, $31,984.39.

Neither option will be included at this time.

Y bwesley@bemidjipioneer.com

A young man silently walked out of the council chambers at Bemidji City Hall Monday evening, pausing in the hallway just long enough for a fist pump.

It was a happy moment for local skateboard enthusiasts as the Bemidji City Council voted unanimously to award the bid for the first phase of skatepark construction to Spohn Ranch of California.

"This has been a long time coming," said Mayor Richard Lehmann, who noted that the effort for a local skatepark has been ongoing since about 1997.

Spohn Ranch of California was the low bidder, of five received, for the first phase of the Bemidji skatepark, which will be constructed in the renovated Bemidji City Park, located next to the Bemidji Curling Club. Spohn Ranch submitted a bid of $314,473.21.

The bid came in just under budget. The city had dedicated $150,000 to the project and the Skate & Bike Association raised $166,000 in donations, giving the project a budget of $316,000. The engineer's estimate was $320,000.

Marcia Larson, the city's parks and recreation director, told the council that Spohn Ranch is expected to be on site later this month.

The skateboard project is on track to be completed this fall, she said.

Through the bid process, the city also included requests for two bid alternates, one of which would complete the entire skatepark. That option would feature another 4,900 square feet, including the flow course. That aspect will be "phase two" of the skatepark project. Spohn Ranch's bid for that alternative, which also was the low one received, was $140,319.17.

The other bid alternate is to close off the bowl area, adding 750 square feet. It would cost, according to Spohn Ranch, $31,984.39.

Neither option will be included at this time.

bwesley@bemidjipioneer.com

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Bethany Wesley
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