With the weather finally cooperating, Washington’s All-Abilities Park is actually starting to resemble a park.
After a winter sitting idle, significant work is ongoing at the new park. As April turned into May, city staff were erecting equipment at the park.
“Construction is going pretty good out there,” Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle said. “The contractor has finished up work and public works just put the top cap on the retaining wall. Now staff is out there putting the playground together.”
Once the concrete work was done in April, crews spent several days planning and laying out the park. Dunkle said the measurements had to be exact to make sure everything fit in the proper place.
With the planning done, city staff has begun putting the playground together.
“We’re making good progress,” Dunkle said.
Dunkle said the placing of equipment should take another few weeks. Additionally, crews will be working on making the area around the park look better.
“In the next two to three weeks you’re going to see landscaping going on and see some more playground equipment,” Dunkle said.
When the playground equipment is all put in place, the department can move on to the next step in the process.
“Once we get the playground put up, we have to work on the surfacing,” Dunkle said. “We’re going to try and get that done as quick as we can.”
Dunkle has long targeted June for when the park will be ready to open. With the potential for rain costing workdays, Dunkle said work could continue into July.
“It’s going to be depending on weather and manpower, but it’s probably going to take the next eight weeks or so,” he said.
With work progressing, Dunkle has sent several projects related to the park out for bid. Bidding closed April 25 for amenities at the park, including trash cans, picnic tables and benches.
Dunkle was unable to present the results of those bids to the park board at the May 1 meeting.
Additionally, bids for the park’s pavilion were due Monday.
Dunkle told the park board in his May update that the landscape plan and individual bid specifications should be going out to bid soon.