Designer picked for playground

October 4, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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The City Council has authorized City Manager Rob Wyman to sign a contract with the company Worthy & Associates for the design of the new Lake Boren Park playground.

The council authorized the contract with a unanimous vote at its Sept. 21 meeting.

The company will work with the city throughout the design and construction process, slated to last until March.

The process began with surveying in late September, and the council will review the first design plans for the site later this month. The council will also review the design process in November; the final design is scheduled to be completed in December.

Bidding for construction will be in January, and construction will be from February to March.

The style of the playground will be consistent with the style selected by the Parks Commission in June, an open, modern-style play structure.

The contract was listed as not to exceed $42,412. The state budget has $325,000 allotted in its capital budget for a new Lake Boren Park playground, and Wyman said any money left over would go to purchase more equipment for the playground.

City staff selected Worthy & Associates for the project based on its familiarity with the city; the corporation had worked on the Lake Boren Park Master Plan. The city also cited the company’s experience working on similar projects in other small cities. Worthy & Associates has designed more than 170 playgrounds across the state.

“There’s a ton of efficiency that we’re going to benefit on there,” Mayor John Dulcich said about the city’s relationship with the company.

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