The park advisory board’s final selection for the new playground at Veterans Memorial Park has been sent to the state for approval.
The state has final say because funding is coming from a Land and Water Conservation grant secured in 2016.
The all-inclusive playground will be located near the splash pad pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park, which is on the east side of town off Progress Parkway.
The personnel, finance and public works committee also was presented with the advisory board’s top three choices and reasons behind choosing each one, including providing shade structures, swings, slides and climbing areas.
All of the top three choices were the same price point of $75,000. The committee recommended following the park advisory board’s recommendation.
The grant covers 45 percent of the project total up to $75,000. The total grant is $33,750. The playground was a part of the original park plan and is included in this year’s budget.
Assistant City Administrator James Schmieder noted that there was one lower price, but it didn’t meet the city’s criteria and was not the best bid.
The top proposal, which was unanimous for the park advisory board, was made by All Inclusive Rec.
The playground will feature a rubberized mulch surface to keep the splash pad area clean. A Biba interactive system also is part of the package. Biba is a suite of augmented reality, imagination-driven playground games for parents to play with their children up to age 9. There is no additional cost for the program, no follow-up or maintenance costs.
A city crew will install the equipment with certified supervision from the company.
In all, there were 16 proposals from six different companies. Parks Director Angela Sullivan presented five options to the park advisory board based on suggestions from previous meetings and the board selected its top three choices.
The board of aldermen will be asked for approval after the state grants its approval.