Staff Report/Resolution Selecting a Skate Park Location and a Conceptual Design


AGENDA ITEM: Resolution Selecting a Skate Park Location and a Conceptual Design. MEETING DATE: February 1, 2011

PREPARED BY: Donna M. Kenney, Community Development Director

REVIEWED BY: Victoria Lewis, Acting City Manager


City Council selection of a skate park location and a conceptual design. BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION:

The City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) and received skate park proposals from RJM Design Group, Spohn Ranch, Inc., Wally Hollyday Designs, and California Skateparks. At their regular meeting of June 8, 2010, the Planning Commission interviewed the consultants and voted to recommend RJM Design Group and California Skateparks for consideration by the City Council. The City Council on July 6, 2010 voted to authorize the City Manager to go into contract with RJM Design Group for skate park planning services.


The City has held two (2) citizen workshops, November 15, 2010 and December 8, 2010, to discuss possible skate park locations as well as work on conceptual designs. Skate Park locations were narrowed down to two: Arkelian Park and the Walnut Sports Complex. Three positive points about Arkelian Park include its proximity to the high school, it could be located where it will not impact the drainage basin, and it is located south of Hwy 99 where there is the largest concentration of residential units (and children). Also, traffic at the other City parks is then reduced due to a separation of sports uses (i.e. skate park at Arkelian Park, soccer at the Sports Complex, baseball at Alvernaz Field, etc.). Negative points about Arkelian Park include a lack of on-site parking and the nearby locations of homes which could be affected by noise at the skate park.

A positive point of the Walnut Sports Complex location is that the skate park would add to the familyfriendly mix of sports. For example, mom could be watching one son on the soccer field while her daughter plays on the new playground equipment, her husband plays basketball with his buddies and her older child is in the skate park. Second, it adds to the sports opportunities available to families on the north side of HWY 99 which has more smaller, less developed parks. Negative points include the distance to the Sports Complex from the south side of HWY 99 which includes the safety of skate boarders crossing the Hammatt interchange.

Concept Plans:

One consultant recommended and two alternative concept plans (Attachment 2) have been drafted from citizen input (Attachment 3) collected during the two workshops. While one workshop attracted more participants than the other, a total of four group concept plans were presented to the consultants by the participating skaters and adults (Attachment 4).

The four group concept plans created during the workshops all favor a higher percentage of "Street Areas" in the skate park with a small percentage of "Transitional Areas." The Street Areas include urban plaza elements such as banks, banked walls, flat bars, fun boxes, handrails, ledges, bumps, manual pads, pyramids, stair sets, stadium stairs, volcanoes and tabletops. Transitional features include such elements as round bowls, combo bowls, quarter pipes, and snake runs. The plans also included the necessary comfort features such as bathrooms, drinking fountains, bike racks, bleachers, landscaping, shade structures, and picnic tables.

Consultant recommended concept plan ("Plan A") contains one bowl with the rest comprised of Street Areas. The easier, beginner elements would be located closest to the skate park entrance and the bowl for more experienced skaters furthest away. The layout allows skaters to flow through the entire site or practice on individual elements. Plan A could be constructed in two or three phases, depending on the funding. The street plaza features in Plan A can be found in all four of the workshop concept plans. Landscaping defines the bowl area but could be added throughout the park. The bowl, if located within a basin, would need to stay out of the deepest part of the basin or risk being filled with water all winter.

The first alternative concept, Plan B, caters more to the experienced skaters. A small combo bowl and a large combo bowl/snake run dominate the center of the park. Basic ramps, stairs, handrails and banked walls line the perimeter. Plan B could be built in two phases if necessary. Again, landscaping is focused around the transition areas but could be expanded throughout the park.

The second alternative concept, Plan C, contains elements from both Plan A and Plan B. A snake run instead of a combo bowl is the focus of this plan. It too contains urban street elements along the perimeter and could be built in several phases depending on the budget. This plan has the most landscape areas shown.


The selection of a park location and a concept plan is ministerial and not a project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Once the location and concept plan selections are finalized, a project description will be prepared and the Skate Park Project will be analyzed pursuant to the requirements of CEQA.


No additional costs at this time.

1. Resolution No. 2011-

Exhibit A (TBD)

2. Concept Plans (Consultant Recommended Plan A, Alternate Plans B and C)

3. Skatepark Design Workshop Results Chart

 4. Workshop Concept Plans (Groups 1 through 4)

5. Arkelian Park and Walnut Sports Complex maps





WHEREAS, RJM Design Group was selected by the City Council to design a skate park in the City of Livingston; and

WHEREAS, two possible skate park locations, Arkelian Park and the Walnut Sports Complex, were selected through citizen input during the two workshops that were held in November and December of 2010; and

WHEREAS, one consultant recommended concept plan ("Plan A") and two alternative concept plans ("Plan B" and "Plan C") were developed from citizen input during the two workshops that were held in November and December of 2010.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Livingston hereby selects as the location of the skate park and Concept Plan # (Exhibit A) as the concept design for the skate park.

Passed and adopted this l St day of February 2011, by the following vote:




Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor
of the City of Livingston


I, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was regularly introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Livingston this 1St day of February, 2011.

Antonio Silva, City Clerk

of the City of Livingston

Livingston Recommended Design A Consultant Recommended Plan A

Workshop Concept Plan Group 1

Workshop Concept Plan Group 2

Workshop Concept Plan Group 3

Workshop Concept Plan Group 4


Arkelian Park Map


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