Construction on the new skate park and pickleball court complex is slated to begin in September and be ready for play in late spring of 2020, the recreation director said this week.
“There could be some clearing and lot preparation this summer, but the actual groundbreaking will start sometime in September,” said Sandwich Recreation Director Guy J. Boucher, during an interview yesterday on Thursday, June 6. “We are still planning for the project to be finished within a year.”
Because only one bid came in—from R.A.D Sports, of Rockland—for the general contracting work, the $1.98 million price was higher than anticipated, Mr. Boucher said.
As a result, he added, some of the extras the town was seeking—such as lighting throughout the complex, a gazebo and paved walking trails and parking lot—will have to be delayed.
“We’ll still have walking trails and a parking lot, but they won’t be paved,” Mr. Boucher said.
Nevertheless, the recreation area’s large skate park with many features, six pickleball courts and two tennis courts, is still on track for completion.
The tennis and pickleball courts will be designed and built by Cape Cod & Islands Tennis & Track, of Pocasset, Mr. Boucher said.
The skate park, already designed by Stantec engineering, will be built by subcontractor Skateboard Supercross, also known as SBSX, which has offices in Florida, New York, and China, according to the company’s website.
According to R.A.D.’s website, the company is a business “specializing in the construction of high-quality athletic and recreation facilities.”
The website also says the company helps customers with all phases of their projects, from planning to permitting, design and construction. It has completed more than 450 projects in the last 25 years.
The company lists Harvard and Yale universities, Gillette Stadium, and several high schools and other athletic venues as previous clients.
Mr. Boucher said he is scheduled to meet with representatives from R.A.D. Sports and Stantec next week to discuss more details.
Stantec’s architectural plans for the skate park depict what looks like a huge empty swimming pool at first glance, but closer inspection reveals dips, curves, banks and stairs, details that residents chose during several community meetings last year.
Known more technically as rails and ledges, bowls and flats, the park’s features were designed to challenge skateboarders and bikers. The sport has its own language. A “pyramid with rainbow rail,” a “hubba ledge,” and a “banked hip” are among the specific features listed on the plan.
The town is hoping the recreational complex, currently known as Oakcrest Park, will eventually connect seamlessly to the surrounding 48-acre Boyden Farm conservation area and the lakeside campus of Oakcrest Cove, the home of the recreation department.
It will be part of a large public safety complex—including police headquarters and fire administrative offices—now in the last phases of construction at the intersection of Quaker Meetinghouse and Cotuit roads.