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Skate park hits snag
McMinnville officials have rejected the lone bid received to construct a concrete pad for the skate park. To save money, additional work will be performed by city employees.

The skate park has hit a concrete stumbling block.
“As a cost-saving measure, we are going to do the majority of the work in house,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord.
The city Parks and Recreation Committee met Tuesday and rejected a bid of $27,984 from L&G Contractors, out of Chattanooga, to construct a concrete pad in an open area between two baseball fields at the Civic Center for the park.
McMinnville Water Department employees will be performing the majority of the in-house work.
It is unknown at this time when that part of the process will begin.
“The ground will have to dry out first,” said McCord. “After the ground dries out, the Water Department can begin working.”
In the department’s budget for fiscal year 2017-18 is $65,000 to cover a concrete pad, fencing and lighting for the skate park. A $90,000 grant obtained from The Steven and Kate Smith Community Trust by Friends of the Greenway will be used to purchase amenities from American Ramp Company once the city has the area ready.
The skate park must be named after Steven and Kate Smith and work must be complete by Dec. 31.