All-Abilities Playground Design

Progress is being made on the Washington Jaycees’ All-Abilities Playground.

BFA Consultants, Engineers and Surveyors in Washington, recently finished putting in final grade stakes at the site near Lions Lake, according to Darren Dunkle, parks director.

The existing water line, which was disconnected for construction, has been reconnected.

This week, the public works department will check the grades and move forward with installing a retaining wall, and continue storm sewer work.

Dunkle said that by the end of the week, the parks department will go out to bid for concrete, asphalt and fencing.

Bids for the equipment were received through the city’s participation in an interlocal contract.

Earlier this month, the city council approved a purchase agreement with Landscape Structures, Delano, Minn., for the playground equipment and surfacing.

The equipment total is $216,278. Surfacing is an additional $126,552. The city saved more than $28,000 on the equipment through the contract.

The city used a similar joint purchasing program when working on the skate park.

Dunkle said the project is on schedule to be complete by the end of October, however; the availability of supplies could alter the schedule.

Once the grading and site work are complete, work at the playground will move more quickly, Dunkle said.