SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The first steps were taken Tuesday afternoon by the city of Springfield to move forward with a purposed plan to build a bike and skate park.

Members of Springfield’s Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation management met with people of the local skate community. They discussed the design elements of the park attracting people to go there.

“We have been trying to get a skate park in Springfield for over 30 years. All the surrounding communities have skate parks and it’s great for the kids to be able to go. Right now they are going to other towns, which is kind of ridiculous at this point, that we don’t have on right here in Springfield,” said Dan Dziuban, co-owner of Theory Skate Shop.

A location has yet to been decided. Management for the city’s Parks and Rec says there will be more community meetings to discuss their plans and they’re welcoming questions and feedback.

A Community Preservation Application (CPA) was submitted to request $80,000 in funds for a bike park to be in April of 2020. The project would create open space for bike and skateboard use, there is no recreation space dedicated in the City of Springfield as a bike/skate park.

As of the last proposal, the two proposed locations under consideration are Greenleaf Park, and Carew Street, through redevelopment of Springfield Boys & Girls Club recreation area.

The timeline indicated on the CPA indicates:

  • Spring 2020
    • CPA Application Due
  • Summer 2020
    • CPA Community Meetings & Recommendations
  • Fall 2020
    • CPA Project Recommendations to City Council
    • Contracting with CPC and DPBRM
  • Winter 2021-2021
    • Interdepartmental contracting between CPA and City Council
    • Designer Selection: issue a request for qualifications for designer services to develop Bike Park plans and documents
  • Spring 2021
    • Community Engagement on Bike Park master plan
    • Design Development & Construction Document period: further conceptual plans for review at the 30% preliminary plan, 60% design review and 100% design review stages
    • CPA 21 application due for Bike Park – Phase Two: park construction
    • Final Plans and designs presented to Springfield Park Commission
Conceptual plan for City of Springfield bike and skateboard park by GZA Inc.

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. presented a proposal to the City of Springfield’s Department of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management with a professional design and engineering services.