Huxley skatepark tender for construction released

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The tender for construction of the Huxley Community Park Skatepark has been posted and is open until April 21.

The bid is for construction of a 718.5 m2 (7,733 square feet) skate park as well as supply and installation of all associated items including chain-link fence, retaining walls, gravel pathways, tree protection fence, bioswale, gravel build-up in the parking lot, a concrete pad viewing area, skateboard benches and concrete wheel stops.

During construction, the contractor must maintain public access to the tennis court, playground and sports court at Huxley Park. There may be some interruptions depending on construction activities, RDN parks staff acknowledged.

Among some of the project requirements outlined in the bid documents, an anti-graffiti coating must be applied to all exposed vertical cast-in-place concrete surfaces such as planter walls and retaining walls. The recommended product to use, Broda 501AG, says it prevents the absorption of paint, ink and other mediums and prevents adhesion of posters, decals and tape.

The arborist report included in the tender documents was conducted in December 2020 and recommends removing 104 trees, including four due to their condition, and retaining 64. The trees are mostly Douglas fir and some western red cedar. It notes the final number of trees removed may differ “due to conflicts identified during construction of proposed trails.” It recommends arbutus, Pacific dogwood and Douglas fir as replacement trees.

The arborist report notes there was no evidence of raptors nests, osprey nests or heron colonies on the site; however, the tender requires all clearing, grubbing and tree removals to occur outside of the bird nesting window (March to August).

RDN parks staff said following project completion, trees will be planted at Rollo Community Park in autumn to offset the trees coming down to construct the skatepark. As part of the Gabriola Local Trust Committee’s 2019 approval of RDN-requested variances to build the skatepark, the LTC required the RDN to plant new trees in other community parks on the island.

The skatepark project, which also involves improving parking, has $773,700 in total funding: $309,480 from the federal government and $257,874 from the provincial government through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, Community Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream; $206,346 in RDN reserves and taxes and $68,000 in community donations from the Keep on Pushin’ campaign.

Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder