VALPARAISO | The next phase of drainage work at Bicentennial Park should begin in two weeks following approval of a contract for the work by the city's Park Board on Thursday.
The engineer's estimate for the work was $130,000, but the lowest of the four quotes received was from DeBoer Egoff at $79,900. Parks Director John Seibert said the department will seek quotes for moving the lights on the west softball field and for seeding and landscaping the area to restore it after the drainage work is done.
The goal is to get the work completed by mid-May, although the contract calls for the work to be completed by June. Games and practices that would have been held at the field will be moved to one of the fields at Fairgrounds Park.
The contract calls for creation of bioswales and rain gardens around the west field, which was reconfigured last year as a smaller field for Little League and girls' softball. Another swale will be created along the north border by the east field. The swales will be connected by pipes to collect the water and then drain it through an outlet pipe connected to a detention pond at Meridian Woods on Campbell Street.
Prices also were obtained for expanding and paving the parking lot, but Seibert said they came in too high at $50,000. He said that work might be done in the fall when the city can seek prices directly from paving contractors. Another alternate for a culvert replacement will be done by the city instead of contracting it out.
The parks have $75,000 from the city's stormwater management budget and another $20,000 from the city's funds for the work. That will cover the DeBoer Egoff contract, but the lighting and landscaping work will cost an estimated $15,000, and Seibert said the parks board might have to come up with any extra to complete the work.
Seibert also reported that repairs on the Flounder Skate Park should begin soon with the goal of completing that work by Memorial Day at a cost of about $10,000. Construction of two picnic shelters at Butterfly Meadow at Foundation Meadows Park also will begin when weather permits.
The $30,000 cost of the shelters is being funded by the Park Foundation. One shelter will be built on each side of the playground. One will be kept open to the general public, and the other will be open but also available for rentals.