Spring­dale’s Turn­bow Park opens Tues­day

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

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.

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