Wanted: Management for proposed Cambridge skate park

 

by James Robinson, Cambridge Chronicle

Cambridge —

Although the Charles River Skatepark is still at least year away from becoming a reality, the Charles River Conservancy and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation are looking for a company to take responsibility for the park’s management.

On Monday, the CRC and DCR called for proposals from parties interested in taking on the management of the planned skate park that will be under the Zakim Bridge in East Cambridge.

Whoever takes over the management will be responsible for operating and maintaining the facilities for five years.

The skate park, first proposed by the CRC in 2001, will not begin construction until the end of 2012 at the earliest. Construction is contingent on landscaping around the North Bank Bridge, and work on the bridge will not be completed for another 12 months.

“It is unusual to be looking for someone to manage the facilities before they’ve been built,” von Tscharner said. “But, it’s something we discussed as being the right approach for the park. A skate park is new for the DCR, and management will require looking after both the park and events at the park.”

The CRC and the DCR are collaborating on the development of the park. The DCR is accepting questions on the proposal until the Aug. 29, and final proposals are due by 2 p.m. on the 23rd of September.

A site visit for interested parties is planned for Friday.

Although the Charles River Skatepark is still at least year away from becoming a reality, the Charles River Conservancy and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation are looking for a company to take responsibility for the park’s management.

On Monday, the CRC and DCR called for proposals from parties interested in taking on the management of the planned skate park that will be under the Zakim Bridge in East Cambridge.Whoever takes over the management will be responsible for operating and maintaining the facilities for five years.

The skate park, first proposed by the CRC in 2001, will not begin construction until the end of 2012 at the earliest. Construction is contingent on landscaping around the North Bank Bridge, and work on the bridge will not be completed for another 12 months.

“It is unusual to be looking for someone to manage the facilities before they’ve been built,” von Tscharner said. “But, it’s something we discussed as being the right approach for the park. A skate park is new for the DCR, and management will require looking after both the park and events at the park.”

The CRC and the DCR are collaborating on the development of the park. The DCR is accepting questions on the proposal until the Aug. 29, and final proposals are due by 2 p.m. on the 23rd of September.

A site visit for interested parties is planned for Friday.

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