The lowest bid for constructing a new city park came in almost 75 percent higher than the estimate, so the Blaine City Council Oct. 18 unanimously rejected all bids.
Bob Therres, Blaine public services manager, said the city will seek new bids in the spring for Legacy Creek Park when there is a better bidding climate.
A 1.68-acre outlot was deeded to be a city park as part of at the Savanna Grove 2nd Addition housing development north of 125th Avenue and east of Harpers Street.
Legacy Creek Park could include a half-basketball court, trails, playground, shelter and benches.
The three bids that the council rejected were specifically for site grading, paving the half-basketball court and trails, concrete pad for the shelter and playground container, top soil, seeding and sodding.
The SRF Consulting Group that Blaine hired had estimated this work would cost the city $87,970. The three bids ranged from $152,673.75 to $184,921.65.
The council had already approved a contract with Gametime for the actual playground, shelter and benches, according to Park and Recreation Director Jim Kappelhoff. This equipment would not be placed until the council acts on the site preparation contract.
Kappelhoff said bids can come in higher toward the end of the year because companies are already busy with other projects. He said prices can be lower earlier in the year when contractors are looking to fill out their schedules.
Legacy Creek has been on the city’s park capital improvement plan since 2004 and was originally proposed for development in 2007, according to Kappelhoff. A trail will connect Legacy Creek Park to Savanna Grove Park, which is considered a passive park.
Neighborhood residents have told Blaine city staff that they want the new park built as soon as possible. The city hosted a neighborhood meeting earlier this year and the Park Advisory Board discussed this project at its March 27 meeting.
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