Leesburg Skate Park Price Continues to Climb

The price tag for the renovation project at the Catoctin Skate Park may go up yet again, the Public Works and Capital Projects Department reported this week.

The department recently put out a request for bids for the construction of the parking lot at the under-construction skate park. The responses were well above the project’s budget, according to a staff report. So far, $762,660 of the budgeted $880,200 for the entire skate park project, including the parking lot construction, has been spent. The remaining $117,600 was eyed for lot construction, site work and contingency. However, the lowest bid submitted for the parking lot construction among the five received came in at more than $156,000.

Capital Projects Manager Tom Brandon told the council Monday night that the scope of the parking lot project is being scaled back, with some elements eliminated or being picked up by town staff. The final price tag of the reworked project was $102,583.50. The council voted Monday to award the contract to the lowest bidder, Madigan Construction, Inc.

Brandon cautioned that even with the scaled back parking lot the entire project may come in over budget. A contract for lighting at the skate park will also need to be awarded in the future. He said the staff would continue looking for opportunities for savings. A springtime opening for the skate park is eyed.

The vote to award the parking lot construction contract passed by a 5-0-1-1 vote, with Reid abstaining and Councilman Tom Dunn absent.

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