More elements of the upcoming Pierce Field improvement project are being finalized with the intention to open the project for bids next month.
The Grandview Heights Parks Advisory Board on March 5 approved the installation of a new black vinyl-clad chain-link fence at the park.
Faux wrought-iron fence elements may be incorporated in small sections of the fence, Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey said.
Using fencing coated with black vinyl will help reduce the galvanized look of the fence, he said.
The board also approved using a poured-in-place rubber surface for the new playground area, Robey said. The surface is a mixture of rubber pellets and an adhesive material.
"It's the same surface we've used for the accessible playground at Pierce Field and at Buck Park," he said. "The surface at Buck Park has lasted us well for 16 years now, and that's one of the main reasons we decided to go with it at Pierce Field."
Engineering firm EMH&T will assist the city with design, construction drawings and specs and will serve as bid administrator and construction manager for the non-building elements of the Pierce Field project, including outfield lights at the ball diamond, the playground equipment and safety surface and fencing, Robey said.
Meyers & Associates is serving in the same capacity for construction of the new multipurpose building that will replace the existing structures in the park, he said.
The existing buildings will be demolished.
The city has set a tentative date of April 9 for going to bids for Pierce Field, Robey said.
"We're looking at hopefully being able to award the contracts in early to mid-May and we hope to get the project going later in May," he said. "The plan is to have the Pierce Field project done a week or two before the Ox Roast in September."
The pit the Bobcat Boosters use during the Ox Roast will stay in the same location, Robey said.
"We were originally planning to relocate it just north of the new building, but the Boosters asked if we could keep it at the same spot," he said. "While it means it will be a little farther away from the kitchen in the new building, they felt the old location was a better fit for the traditional lighting ceremony.
"There was also some concern about a potential risk of the fire in the pit being too close to the new building in the new location."
A project at Wyman Woods that will include building a new shelter house and improving drainage in the park will get under way in the fall, Robey said.