Coon Rapids purchases splash pad for Boulevard Park

Contributing Writer

Splash pad equipment was purchased by the Coon Rapids City Council June 6 as part of the development project at Boulevard Park adjacent to the Coon Rapids Ice Center.

At the same time the council approved plans and specifications and ordered advertisement for bids for a general contractor on the project.

The splash pad was purchased through the city’s membership in the National Partners Government Division, giving it access to publicly solicited contracts offering a variety of products and services, according to Public Works Director Tim Himmer.

As an approved vendor of the National Partners Government Division, Commercial Recreation Specialists provided the city with a proposal for splash pad equipment manufactured by Vortex Aquatic Play Solutions, which included a 5 percent member discount, Himmer told the council.

The $80,497 equipment cost will be paid for from the proceeds of the $17.4 million park bond referendum approved by voters in November 2013, he said.

The splash pad will be a “unique and integral part of the project,” Himmer said.

The 2,500-square-foot splash pad, will have a 50-foot-wide circle, a fresh water, flow-through system with one-time water use and backflow preventer plus a computer controller system, which will have the capability of up to 40 different lines and can be operated in-house with added music and LED lights amenities including creative lighting coordinated and programmed with the water jets of the splash pad itself, according to Himmer.

There will be a minimum 10-week lead time on the delivery of the equipment, Himmer said.

The general contractor contract, which will include installation of both the splash pad and playground equipment, grading, utility installation, paving trails, landscaping and site furnishings is scheduled to awarded by the council at its July 5 meeting.

Construction will begin July 10 following the annual Fourth of July celebration at Boulevard Park, which takes place July 2-4.

Substantial completion is anticipated to be the fall of 2017, according to Himmer.

When it purchased two sets of Game Time playground equipment, one for pre-kindergarten children and the other for elementary-age kids, in November 2016, the city received a 50 percent discount and paid $109,236, the money coming from the park bond issue.

The city has had an online naming contest for the park. Entries closed May 26 and will be considered by the Coon Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission with a recommendation to the council, which will make the final decision.