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Park improvements get underway

A major parks project in the city of O’Fallon is underway. Groundbreaking for improvements to Civic Park and Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center took place on Sept. 26.

The renovation project includes an expansion of Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center, construction of a new program facility in Civic Park and adding more parking for the facilities. At its Sept. 14 meeting, the City Council approved entering into two contracts for the improvement work.

The city called for bids on both a general works package and a pool-specific package for the projects. Five bids were submitted for the general works category and the city received one individual bid for the pool package. A combined bid also was submitted to the city.

At its Sept. 14 meeting, the city council approved entering into a $5.2 million contract with Demien Construction Company for the general works scope and a $2.1 million contract with Westport Pools, Inc. for the pool work.

The contracts include a $4.7 million base bid with Demien and $1.8 million in base bid costs with Westport Pools. Both contracts include a series of alternative bid costs.

Those alternatives include replacement of the aquatic center’s play structure and mechanical equipment, parking lot improvements, new pool shade structures, standing seam roofs for the aquatic and program facilities, replacement of underwater pool lights and other new pool features.

The total budget between the two bids is $7,412,639 and the total project bid currently is $10.1 million.

Construction will include a new lazy river and spray pad features and modifications to the existing pool at the aquatic center as well as a new program facility at Civic Park.The city hopes to have the pool and parking projects completed by May 2018 and the program facility finished by August of next year.

The Civic Park project is one of two major park projects O’Fallon currently is undertaking. It also is in the process of establishing O’Day Park, located on a wooded tract off of Hwy. DD.

Parks and Recreation Director Cindy Springer told the council that O’Fallon had hoped to have O’Day Park out for bid shortly after Labor Day, but the city has reset the bid date for Oct. 2.

O’Fallon voters approved a $20.7 million bond issue for park projects in August 2016.


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