After years of
complaints from residents, the park in the Porter Cove subdivision, Kids
Cove Park, is getting new equipment.
The Porter Town
Council last night approved a quote from Landscape Structures for $53,209 to
provide new equipment at Kids Cove. Parks Director Brian Bugajski reported
the new playground will have a four-bay swingset, three slides, a spinning
element, and a 34-foot overhead track/zipline element.
approved Bugajski to start the next step: going out for bids for install and
wood chip fall protection. Bugajski estimates that will run another $20,000
to $30,000. The Council will consider the quotes at its next meeting.
Bugajski released a
request for proposals for new playground equipment at Kids Cove a few months
ago. He said the 16 proposals returned showed a range of quality.
The Town rejected
all those proposals last night, however, because of an error in the process.
“I recommended rejecting them because the way we went about soliciting them
didn’t follow State Code to the letter,” Bugajski said.
Structures submitted one of the standout proposals from the group of 16 that
had to be rejected, which led Bugajski to approach them through the Source
Well purchasing co-op, a group that handles contracting and helps guarantee
low prices for its municipal members.
Vice-president Bill Lopez, who represents the voting ward that contains
Porter Cove, said he’s excited to see the project finally come together.
Lopez said Bugajski has done a lot of hard work on it and added, “I’d like
to thank the residents that helped plan and select the equipment.”
Blake Lange and Corinne Peffers, who have been outspoken about the need for
improvements to the Park, helped Bugajski review the equipment proposals
using a points system.