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Construction of Auburn skate park delayed, funding will be shifted to sidewalk, curb repairs

Construction of a new skate park at Casey Park in Auburn has been delayed.

CDBG rules force shifting of skate park funds

Construction is now scheduled to begin next spring because the city has been unable to find a contractor who can start the work this year. The project is being paid for in part by federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Those funds must be spent in the year in which they’re allocated. Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the skate park’s bad news is good news for the Case Avenue neighborhood.

Related: Cost estimate of Casey Park skate park goes up, city hopes to put project to bid soon

Skater Tony Hawk contributed to the project

The city hopes to use funds from next year’s CDBG allocation to begin work on the skate park. This summer, the park project was awarded $40,000 by skater Tony Hawk’s foundation, which helps the construction of skate parks in cities.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.

Related: Tony Hawk’s foundation makes $40,000 donation to Auburn skatepark project