On February 20th, 2018, The Sherwood City Council will be making a key decision on a skate park. In that meeting we will be deciding to either proceed with the current plan to build the skate park next to the YMCA Teen Center, re-evaluate the entire project including the location, or cancel the project.
Beyond the planning work that the city has completed, there is a lot of great material on the internet about community skate parks and other examples of skate parks being located at YMCA facilities and city-run facilities. I have included links to some of the more interesting information on this page.
For me as your representative, there are several key points/questions/issues to be considered:
"Sources and uses" for funding the project, one time and on-going.
If we locate next to the YMCA, is the YMCA willing to work/partner with the city on the project?
If we locate next to the YMCA, would the project prevent expanding the facility that the YMCA operates for us in the future? (pool, racket ball, etc...)
If we partner with the YMCA, do we allow the YMCA to charge a membership/use fee? If not, how do we fund operations of the park?
Can we recieve donations from the public?
What are the community's desires/goals/expectations on this project?
The last point is the most important. Your desires as a community are most important. With that in mind, I ran a poll on facebook to help get citizen feedback. 384 people responded to the poll. The poll results are on this page.
I also encourage you to review the comments that were given at the public workshop that was held on the subject.