Blaine accepts bid for park site prep

The Blaine City Council March 7 accepted a bid from a Chisago City company to perform some site preparation work for the future Legacy Creek Park.

A half basketball court, shelter, playground and landscaping are planned for Legacy Creek Park. Courtesy of SRF Consulting

A half basketball court, shelter, playground and landscaping are planned for Legacy Creek Park. Courtesy of SRF Consulting

The 1.68-acre park will be located within the Savanna Grove 2nd Addition housing development north of 125th Avenue and east of Harpers Street.

Peterson Companies, Inc. will be grading the site, regrowing the grass and paving the half basketball court, trails and concrete pad for the picnic shelter. A separate company, Gametime, will be installing the playground, shelter and benches once the site is prepared.

Peterson Companies bid $121,505 for the site grading and paving, which was the lowest of nine bidders. The highest bid was $195,779, according to Nate Monohan, a parks and recreation program supervisor for the city of Blaine.

Monohan, Tom Godfrey and Jerome Krieger are Blaine’s three program supervisors and will have a much more expanded role under the supervision of Public Services Manager Robert Therres now that former Blaine Parks and Recreation Director Jim Kappelhoff has officially retired.

Monohan said Legacy Creek Park has been in the city’s park capital improvement plans since 2007.

The SRF Consulting Group that Blaine hired had estimated the site preparation work would cost $87,970, but the city received three bids last fall that ranged from $152,673.75 to $184,921.65. The council rejected all bids at that time and asked staff to re-bid the project.

A new engineer’s estimate projected this project would cost around $125,000.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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