The titles just mention professional services contracts for soil testing at $6,595 and environmental "site investigation" services at $7,815. Checking documents in the council packet at the Plainfield Public Library Saturday revealed the ultimate goal for the site at 301-327 East Fourth Street.
There are 43 resolutions and two ordinances on Monday's agenda and several discussion items, so it is unlikely that these two contracts will engender much talk, but they certainly set off a lot of questions in this writer's mind. For one, these contracts are only preliminaries to a project. Given the surprise trajectory of other recreation-related projects such as the Joe Black Field concession stand and the Bryant Park rest room, what kind of overall cost might be involved in clearing the site and building a skateboard park?
I don't recall ever hearing a comprehensive overview of recreation programs, although the City Council tried to get metrics on costs and usage. What state are the city's three pools in? How many residents, both children and adults take part in existing programs and are all fields ready for playing season? Maybe these questions should be answered before embarking on a new project.
And how was it determined that a skateboard park here is needed or desired? There are quite a few young skateboarders around, but what might they think of this location between the railroad tracks and homes where residents may not be enthralled with the sound of ollies and nosegrinds.? Did anyone ask skateboarders or residents about this project?
Perhaps all these questions have valid answers. But at least some of them should be asked before things get too far along.