Creek­side Park Ready For Ex­pan­sion

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — The plans are fin­ished, bids ac­cepted and now the work be­gins for a $2 mil­lion ex­pan­sion to Creek­side Park.

In a spe­cial meeting Nov. 27, Farm­ing­ton ac­cepted two bids for the park. One was for $1,070,565 from Bench­mark Con­struc­tion of Rogers for site prepa­ra­tion, a new bath­room, new pavil­ion and other work, and the other bid was $993,091 for equip­ment and ameni­ties.

The total cost for the ex­pan­sion is $2,066,656.

Site work will be com­pleted by Bench­mark for two bas­ket­ball courts, two ten­nis courts, a new play­ground and the new pavil­ion. Bench­mark’s por­tion of the work also in­cludes a new 800-square­foot bath­room fa­cil­ity with four stalls, park­ing lot with 122 park­ing spa­ces, ex­tend­ing the walk­ing trail by 3,000 lin­ear feet, land­scap­ing, 800 feet of new side­walk and a cross­walk at Broyles.

In ad­di­tion, Bench­mark will in­stall park­ing lot light­ing, trail light­ing, com­plete drainage work for the park­ing lot and in­stall wa­ter, sewer and elec­tric ser­vices where needed.

Land­mark sub­mit­ted the low bid for these projects. Other bids came from Pick-It Con­struc­tion, Tom­lin­son and Di­a­mond Con­struc­tion.

The total bid for equip­ment and ameni­ties came from sev­eral con­trac­tors.

The Coun­cil ac­cepted a bid of $211,00 from Kyle Re­cre­ation of Lit­tle Rock for a Lit­tle Tikes Play Climber with twin tow­ers, a 40-foot by 60-foot pavil­ion for $130,343 from ICON and $75,127 for 24 benches, 20 eight-foot pic­nic ta­bles, four eight-foot ta­bles for phys­i­cally chal­lenged visitors, two grills, six bike racks, 12 trash cans and lids.

Ameni­ties also in­clude $11,500 for four bleach­ers to be in­stalled at the ten­nis courts and bas­ket­ball courts from SOPA, $206,700 for 17 Fit­core sta­tions (sim­i­lar to Ninja war­rior style equip­ment) from ACS Play and $349,400 for Bench­mark Con­struc­tion to build the ten­nis and bas­ket­ball courts.

Jim Key with Key Ar­chi­tec­ture Inc., said all the con­tracts for the projects are ready to be ex­e­cuted and con­trac­tors are li­censed through the state of Arkansas.

City Coun­cil members unan­i­mously ap­proved the bids but sev­eral com­mented on the high costs of some of the items and high cost for some of the projects.

The new bath­room fa­cil­ity, for ex­am­ple, will cost more than $100,000, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion site work, elec­tri­cal, wa­ter and sewer ser­vice, and the build­ing it­self.

City Coun­cil mem­ber Bobby Mor­gan wanted to know what the new trash cans will look like. The city is pur­chas­ing 12 32-gal­lon trash cans for $369 each and 12 dome top lids for $91 each. The total cost for the trash cans and lids will be more than $4,200.

“What kind of trash cans are we get­ting for $269?” Mor­gan asked.

Jim Key with Key Ar­chi­tec­ture Inc., showed Mor­gan a photo of the trash cans, say­ing the prod­ucts are an in­dus­try stan­dard.

“There are dozens of man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts out there,” Key said.

The city re­lied on Kyle Re­cre­ation’s rec­om­men­da­tion for many of the prod­ucts, Key said.

Kyle Re­cre­ation as­sisted the city with the ex­ist­ing play­ground at Creek­side Park and the play­ground for Farm­ing­ton Sports Com­plex.

City Coun­cil mem­ber Sherry Mathews, who chairs the city’s Parks and Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee, said the ex­pan­sion in­cludes many of the projects that were in a master plan for the park com­pleted in 2015.

To say she is ex­cited about the ex­pan­sion is an un­der­state­ment, Mathews said.

“This is a long time com­ing,” Mathews said as she gave a walk­ing tour of where the new ameni­ties will be last week. “We’re been talk­ing about this for a while.”

Mathews said city of­fi­cials, with the as­sis­tance of Key and en­gi­neer Ge­of­frey Bates with Bates & As­so­ciates, have worked hard to get the ameni­ties they thought the city had to have at this time.

“I’m happy with what we’re get­ting,” Mathews said.

She points in par­tic­u­lar to the 17 Ninja war­rior style sta­tions, a project that was not part of the orig­i­nal master plan. Mathews ad­vo­cated for the sta­tions to pro­vide some­thing ex­tra for adults.

“I hope it goes over as well as I think it will,” she said.

Mathews ex­pressed her ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the com­mu­nity for vot­ing to ap­prove a sales tax and bond is­sue to ex­pand the park.

“Ob­vi­ously, this is an ex­pen­sive ven­ture and we could not have done all of this at one time with­out the money,” she said.

In a spe­cial elec­tion June 13, city vot­ers sup­ported the city’s re­quest to ap­prove a 1 per­cent sales tax and is­sue bonds to pay for street and park im­prove­ments. For city parks, vot­ers ap­proved is­su­ing up to $2.3 mil­lion for park and recre­ational im­prove­ment bonds.

Other costs for the ex­pan­sion in­clude $45,596 for ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing fees for Key Ar­chi­tec­ture and Bates and As­so­ciates.

Bates on Fri­day said work should be­gin around the first of the year and he es­ti­mated it would take six to eight months to com­plete the ex­pan­sion.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Farm­ing­ton City Coun­cil mem­ber Sherry Mathews, who chairs the city’s Parks and Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee, is ready for a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of Creek­side Park. The land be­hind her and be­yond will have a new play­ground, pavil­ion, walk­ing trail, ten­nis courts, bas­ket­ball courts, ex­er­cise sta­tions and park­ing lot.

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