Tri-Village News

Pierce Field bids lower than expected


Elford submitted the lowest bid for the upcoming Pierce Field improvement project and is expected to be awarded the contract, Grandview leaders say.

Four general contractors submitted bids, which were opened Friday, May 3, Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey said.

Elford's bid of $1,103,940 was about $200,000 below the $1.3 million pre-bid estimate made by the project architect and engineer, Robey said.

"We were pleasantly surprised that the lowest bid was $200,000 below our estimate, but all of the bids fell below the estimate," he said.

Other contractors and their bids were Gutknecht, $1,267,000; 2K General, $1,129,900; and Builderscape, $1,208,501.

"Our architect was familiar with all four contractors and felt all of them are good companies," Robey said.

Once a few final details are worked out, the city will be ready to sign a contract with Elford, he said.

City Council already has approved the funding for the Pierce Field project, Robey said.

The project should get under way late this month or early next month, he said.

"The Pierce Field project is about to become a reality," Robey said.

Improvements planned for Pierce Field include the construction of a new multipurpose building, renovations to the dugouts, upgrades to the small shelter by the tennis court, replacement of all fencing, installation of new outfield lights at the larger diamond, and the creation of a new fire pit for the Bobcat Boosters. The existing buildings at the park will be demolished after the Boosters' annual Ox Roast in September.

The city also has submitted its application for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant it would use toward improvements to the shelter house, playground area and parking lot at Wyman Woods Park.

The improvements include installing accessible restrooms in the shelter house, creating an accessible playground area and constructing a turnaround on the west end of the Wyman Woods parking lot with accessible parking.

The total estimated cost of the improvements is $327,630.

"The maximum grant award is $70,000 and that is what we are seeking," Robey said.

Grants will be awarded in the fall, he said.

As part of its application, the city had to provide a general overview of the components it plans to include in the new playground, Robey said.

Although a final decision has not been made, some of the components are expected to include a modest climbing wall, faux boulders for climbing, a small slide built into the hillside and a rubberized playground surface.