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County, contractor reach 'agreement to solution' at South Kitsap Skate Park

Protesters hung signs on the fence for construction of the new skate park at South Kitsap Regional Park on April 4. Kitsap County wants contractors to tear down part of the full pipe dome torn down because of permitting issues. - Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo
Protesters hung signs on the fence for construction of the new skate park at South Kitsap Regional Park on April 4. Kitsap County wants contractors to tear down part of the full pipe dome torn down because of permitting issues.
— image credit: Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo

Kitsap County and the skate park contractor reached an “agreement for a solution” Friday afternoon concerning some construction that was not permitted.

Kitsap County Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie said the County and the contractor — Grindline Skate Parks, Inc., — reached an agreement to remove the wood framing, but keep the metal rebar intact in case the County decides to allow the “beehive-like” structure with the full pipe.

“If we cut the rebar out, we may have to do it again,” Dunwiddie said. “The structural integrity would be shot.”

He said the County and Grindline would meet Monday and see what processes are needed if we decide to continue with this.

“We’re going to go through the process the correct way,” Dunwiddie said.

South Kitsap Skate Park Association President Leslie Reynolds-Taylor was also pleased with the effort of the County and Grindline.

“It’s okay with us as well, she said.

The parks director said it would take about a month to go through the permitting and approval process.

Reynolds-Taylor said it will not effect the skate park’s June 22 grand opening date.

In an email, Dunwiddie notified the project’s construction foreman Friday that crews had until the end of the day to tear down the added structure or the contract would be terminated.

“The foreman told me he got carried away a little bit,” Dunwiddie said.

Dunwiddie said the County never authorized the new portion, because it has never been discussed with the contractor. “I told him to get rid of it,” he said.

He said if the contractor doesn’t tear it down, their contract will be terminated.

Dinwiddie said he talked to Reynolds-Taylor on Wednesday about the problem with the addition.

If the contractor and SKSPA would have presented the addition to the County, there could have been some discussion about it, he said.

“We can’t have people just deciding to build something,” said Dunwiddie.

He said a lot of people don’t understand the permitting process.

“Some people like the idea, some people don’t,” Dunwiddie said. “This is a very delicate project. We just want to make sure things like that don’t happen.”

Dunwiddie said the county went through the review process to allow construction of the full pipe.

“We went through the whole process of making sure we had the permits, contract amendment, the department signed off on it, the commissioners signed off on it and we made a change order,” he said. “Everything went great.”

He said the Parks and Recreation Department has been working with the South Kitsap Skate Park Association for nearly two years in designing the skate park.

Dunwiddie said the County is spending $780,000 for the new skate park.

About 40 people came to the site Thursday to protest and hung signs at the construction site.

 

 

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