Springdale’s Turnbow Park opens Tuesday
SPRINGDALE — Walter Turnbow Park will open Tuesday, a year and a half after the project began.
City leaders will celebrate its completion at 11 a.m. The park is downtown along the Razorback Greenway and next to Shiloh Square. After the park is unveiled, the event will move across the street to Shiloh Memorial Park for the unveiling of the Fallen Soldiers Memorial, a project completed by Eagle Scout candidate Hogan Maestri.
Turnbow Park is a sunken area with concrete steps.
“It’s a beautiful open space where people can sit and have lunch or get on their laptops and work. It’s for them to enjoy their leisure however they want,” said Melissa Reeves, public relations director for the city. “It’s an extension of that Shiloh Square space where they can just hang out and enjoy downtown.”
Turnbow has had consistent construction since the city accepted Springdale-based Milestone Construction’s $1.7 million bid to take over work in late December. Work stopped when the city fired contractor JLA Construction of Springfield, Mo., in November.
The city accepted JLA Construction’s $1.5 million bid in December 2015. It was the only bidder. The city gave JLA Construction an Aug. 31, 2016, completion date.
A JLA Construction spokesman in December blamed construction delays on unworkable designs provided by the city.
The city paid JLA Construction more than $600,000 before ending the contract. City Attorney Ernest Cate said in December the city would pursue all financial remedies available against JLA Construction.
The Walton Family Foundation gave the city a $2 million grant to pay for the park’s development.