Glenwood postpones Hickory Glen Park renovation due to cost

2013-05-01T12:15:00Z 2013-05-01T20:58:06Z Glenwood postpones Hickory Glen Park renovation due to costPaul Czpakowicz Times Correspondent
May 01, 2013 12:15 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | The village has encountered a delay in its efforts to renovate Hickory Glen Park.

The Village Board was expected to award a contract Tuesday to complete work on a project that includes extending a concession stand and adding new playground equipment, a new volleyball court and pavilion and 50 additional parking spaces at the 14-acre park at 192nd Street and Minerva Avenue.

But Village President Kerry Durkin asked that awarding a contract be tabled because of the cost of the bids received to do the work.

"The contract was not awarded because it exceeded the bid maximum by so much that it's going to be re-bid," Durkin said.

The bid will either have to be reworded or work will need to be taken out of the project, Durkin said.

Village Administrator Donna Gayden said the lowest responsible bidder came in at $200,000 over the amount the village intends to spend on the project that would give the village's largest park a complete makeover.

"We were looking to come in under a million (dollars) and it was over," Gayden said.

In June, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded Glenwood a $400,000 grant as part of the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund programs.

The village is required to match the grant.

Gayden said she still expects the project to be completed this year, despite having to revisit the bidding process.

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