Council approves splash park at Centennial Park

Centennial Park in Estevan will be home to a new splash park, among other amenities.

Estevan city council approved the addition of a splash park during Monday night’s meeting. They awarded the project for $148,102.60 to Western Recreation and Development Inc. of Raymore, which was one of four companies to bid on the project.

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Rod March, the manager of parks and facilities for the city, said construction on the splash pad will begin at the end of July and is expected to be finished by Sept. 30. However, it would not likely be ready to be open in 2019, so they hope it will be ready in 2020.

A washroom facility, a gazebo and an accessible playground structure are also slated for the park. March hopes the washroom will be finished before the splash park is ready.

Once the splash park is finished, it will give the city three such facilities. The others are at Royal Heights Veterans Memorial Park and Padwick Park. The Centennial Park facility would be more centrally located than the other two.

March pointed all four submissions for the project were very detailed and relatively close in terms of the points awarded in the evaluation process. However, Western Recreation stood out in the work plan element categories to put them above the others for the following reasons:

•The proposal by Western Recreation provided a design with a theme to complement the historical context of the area this spray park is intended to go.

•Western Recreation listed specific local contractors they are using in the construction of the spray park;

•The company’s Nirbo product is fully compatible with interchangeable parts with the other two spray parks in the city which simplifies our preventive maintenance and service procedures.

•Finally, Western Recreation had the least qualifying clauses or limitations within their proposal for the scope of work.

This week’s edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.

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