Work will begin soon at the site of the future Auburn-Opelika joint skate park, which will be located at the Indian Pines Golf Course.
The Auburn City Council approved a $28,000 contract with Cannon Construction LLC for the demolition of four old tennis courts that reside where the skate park will be built. Cannon Construction will also be responsible for debris removal and grading.
Demolition is expected to begin next week, contingent upon contract signing.
Once demolition is complete, geotechnical testing will be conducted on the site at the request of American Ramp Company, which is designing the skate park.
"The company doing the skate park needs some geotechnical testing done before they can finish the construction plans, and so we'd like to go ahead and get that done and to them," said Becky Richardson, Auburn Parks and Recreation director.
She said that the Engineering Services Department will line up a company to do the geotechnical testing, and typically those reports have a quick turnaround.
Construction of the park will begin some time this year.
The park is being funded equally by the cities of Auburn and Opelika. Each municipality has committed $200,000, establishing a project budget of $400,000.
American Ramp Company's skate park design was selected by the community, which had the opportunity to vote on one of two designs they liked best. The company's design received more votes than Spohn Ranch Skateparks after 1,026 people voted.
Prior to plans being hatched for the joint skate park, many Auburn skaters participated in community meetings and surveys regarding future parks and recreation projects, explaining the need for a skate park.