Kids are clamoring
for a go at the new splash pad at Chesterton Park, but it’ll still be a
month before the facility is ready to open.
Superintendent Bruce Mathias told the Park Board at its meeting Tuesday
night, right now he’s shooting for a July 4 opening.
Work on the splash
pad itself has been completed--and benches and picnic tables are being
installed as quickly as the Park Department takes delivery of them--but the
issue actually is the new turf. It’s still coming in and until a good growth
of grass has filled in the dirt around the pad, the kids need to stay off it
or risk clogging the drains and pipes with mud.
Hilary Thomas-Peterson noted that she’s been fielding scads of phone calls
and Facebook messages from folks eager to give the splash pad a try. In just
the few minutes it took to run a recent test of the pad’s systems,
Thomas-Peterson said, half a dozen kids in swim suits and towels appeared
from nowhere, and she was sorry to have to tell them it wasn’t ready yet.
The splash pad
features six main interchangeable attractions, including a four-bucket tilt,
a three-bucket tilt, an arch, an umbrella, and 30 separate jets with a
variety of sprays. A pair of aqua chairs will also be available for the use
of disabled children.
The splash pad’s
purchase price: $104,686. The cost of installation: $195,770. The project is
being financed with a $2-million bond issued late in 2015.
Kids will also need
to wait a bit before taking a crack at the new playground equipment at
Dogwood, Chesterton, and Olde Towne parks. Again, installation of the
equipment has been completed, but fall-protection turf hasn’t yet been
members with a bit of a quandary on Tuesday. As Town Engineer Mark O’Dell
explained, fall-protection technology has evolved considerably--new
anti-static models are now available--but it comes at a considerable
expense: between $17 and $20 per square yard. Total estimated cost of
installing it at all three new playgrounds: $250,000.
On top of that, the
soonest the turf could be specced out, put out for bid, and then put in the
ground would be sometime this fall, O’Dell said. And that would mean an
entire summer season of play would be lost.
So members opted to
go with a stop-gap measure: buy a sufficient quantity of crushed mulch
instead for $3,000 and spread that beneath the equipment right now--O’Dell
noted that the mulch is fully up to code--and then re-assess the feasibility
of anti-static turf in the fall.
“I think we need to
get the mulch down and the playgrounds open,” Member Candy Tucker said.
playgrounds’ purchase price: $242,906. The cost of installation: $82,000.
voted unanimously to solicit quotes from at least three qualified firms for
the concrete foundation of the new restroom at Dogwood Parks. Those quotes
will be opened at a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 15.
The estimated cost
of the foundation: $25,000.
The restroom itself
has been purchased, at a cost of $131,140, from Concrete Modular Systems
Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla., which will be performing the installation
The old restroom
won’t be demolished and removed until the new one has been installed and is