Construction on splash pad at Pioneer Park delayed until fall

City Council rejects lone bid, which was 20 percent more than the budgeted amount for project

Staff writerApril 23, 2014 

The new spray pad will be in the northwest corner of Pioneer Park. A hoped-for opening of July 4 has been delayed until Memorial Day weekend in 2015.


Children and their parents eager to enjoy the new splash pad this summer in Pioneer Park will have to wait until Memorial Day weekend of next year.

City of Puyallup staff solicited bids for construction and design of the spray pad in early March. The limited construction schedule would have started May 1, in time for a July 4 opening.

“We only received one bid and it was 20 percent over the projected budget amount for the project,” said Sarah Harris, parks and recreation administrator. “That was due to the short work window and some construction companies didn’t have the staffing and were working on other projects.”

The lone bid of $624,674 was received from Fife-based Nordic Construction. The engineer’s estimate was $489,122.70. On April 8, the Puyallup City Council — based on staff recommendation — rejected the bid.

“It was disappointing,” Harris said. “We were trying to get (the spray pad) open this summer. We want to get a good product that is within our budget.”

Had the council awarded the project to Nordic Construction, an additional $124,674 would have had to be allocated to the project funding to match the bid amount.

Harris said staff will rebid the project in late May or early June, with a projected start date on construction in mid-September. Ninety days for construction will be allowed. Harris also explained that demolition of the existing wading pool in Pioneer Park will be removed from the project.

“Park maintenance staff will remove the existing wading pool in Pioneer Park after it closes at the end of August,” Harris said.

Because that part was removed from the project, the city will spend $12,000 less on the contract.

The new spray pad will be installed in the northwest corner of the park, commonly referred as the Village Green area, in front of the activity center and Anthem Coffee.

Meanwhile, a small-works contractor will move forward with the demolition and installation of the new playground.

“Playground install will go in the next month or two,” Harris said.

Opening date for the playground is set for June.

Harris said the whole area around the new spray park, when it opens in 2015, will be enclosed with plants and trees to provide separation from the road and traffic.

“We’re looking for features that aesthetically blend with the downtown,” Harris said.

Andrew Fickes: 253-552-7001 andrew.fickes Twitter: @herald_andrew

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