RelatedSkate park plans uncertain after bids come in highBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Parks and Keep SPI Beautiful committee considered options on whether to move forward with building a skate park at Tompkins Park during a meeting held on Wednesday, March 28. SPI Director of City Planning Clifford Cross announced that bids were…April 6, 2018In “News”Skate park one step closer to realityBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee discussed final plans for a skate park, as well considered bids for providing irrigation at Tompkins Park during its Thursday, Nov. 9 meeting. Assistant City Manager Darla Jones led the presentation regarding the skate park…November 17, 2017In “News”Keep SPI Beautiful Butterfly Garden to receive fundingBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The SPI Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee met last week for their regular monthly meeting. The committee talked with Keep SPI Beautiful (KSPIB) Chairwoman Susan Dalton about the Butterfly Garden and working with KSPIB on improvements. KSPIB has recently been rejuvenated by the…May 30, 2015In “News” Share By KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe fate of the proposed skate park at Tompkins Park remains uncertain after construction bids came in much higher than the balance of funds the City of South Padre Island had set aside for the project. The state park’s future sparked a strong reaction from residents who support the project, prompting many of them to attend last Wednesday’s city council meeting to listen in on the discussions.Assistant City Manager Darla Jones provided background information on the project. She explained that the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee has been working for more than a year on the proposed park.“An engineer was hired, as is required by law,” Jones said. “The engineer designed the skate park; we went out for bids on it, and the bids came in in excess of the funding we have available,” she said.Jones added that the SPI Economic Development Corporation (EDC) earmarked $100,000 toward the construction of the skate park, $10,000 of which was used for engineering.The City received two bids on the construction of the park. The bids included four design alternatives, including a scaled down base proposal of approximately 2,800 square feet of skating surface, one with an additional mini ramp, a version that includes a bowl, and a design that provides an additional 1,000 square feet of length to the park.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.