Council to vote on skate park design

From left: City Manager Jim Thorsen, Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal, Mayor Pro Tem Joan House, Mayor Lou La Monte and Councilmen Skylar Peak and John Sibert. 

The Malibu City Council is expected to approve an agreement on Nov. 13 with a skate park design consultant to draw up plans for a new permanent skate park at Bluffs Park. 

The city’s Skatepark Ad Hoc Committee is recommending that the city cut a design deal worth $38,200 with Wormhoudt Inc., which specializes in designing public skate park facilities.

Ten proposals for design were received by the city after a Request for Proposals was reissued in July by city officials. In June, the city council directed staff to reissue the RFP after skateboarding community members raised concerns that their input on choosing a designer had been ignored during the first RFP process. After the first RFP was issued in February, the ad hoc committee, sans skateboarding community members, had recommended an agreement with Wormhoudt not to exceed $37,200. 

As part of a new inclusion agreement, three members of the local skating community—Hamish Patterson, Justin Kell and Walter Lohr—were appointed to a six-person committee that interviewed the top four design applicants. 

Wormhoudt has designed more than 125 skate parks since 1974, according to a staff report.

Click here to read the full staff report for the Nov. 13 meeting and here to read the full staff report from the June meeting.