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File #: 1907-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/27/2018 In control: Recreation & Parks Committee
On agenda: 7/23/2018 Final action: 7/25/2018
Title: To authorize the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with Playworld Midstates, LLC for the construction of a nature playground at Carriage Place Park; to authorize the transfer of $50,000.00 between projects within the Recreation and Parks Bond Fund; to amend 2018 Capital Improvements Budget; to authorize the expenditure of $80,000.00 from the Recreation and Parks Grant Fund and Voted Bond Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($80,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Carriage Place Nature Playground

This ordinance is to authorize the Director of the Recreation and Parks Department to enter into contract with Playworld Midstates, LLC for the construction of a nature playground at Carriage Place Park.

Background: With support from the Meet Me at the Park Grant Program that was approved on the June 2018 Commission Agenda, this project will develop a replicable nature play model that will be the first of its kind for the City. The model will establish a space where children have walkable access to outdoor, natural play. Research shows that children are spending half the time outside as they did 20 years ago. This trend is described as “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Connection with nature has health benefits that include reduced stress levels, increased creative problem solving, and motivation to be more physically active. To help children realize these benefits, the project will create a setting that mimics varied play opportunities naturally found in forests and meadows. It will be safe and accessible in order to provide an experience that is inclusive of all visitors, and will adhere to effective natural play design principles and contain elements such as logs, boulders, and native plants.

There was no quorum during the July Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting. Per the present Commissioners this ordinance was requested to be sent thru the legislation approval process in order to avoid a delay with this project. There is August recess for Commission and Council.

Bids were advertised through Vendor Services in accordance with City Code Section 329, on June 6, 2018 and received by the Recreation and Parks Department on June 20, 2018.

Company Status Amount
Playworld Midstates, LLC MAJ $74,000.00
Downing Construction Co. MAJ $120,246.50

After reviewing the proposals that w...

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