Teams demolished the abandoned water treatment plant at the corner of Grace Street and the Ring Road for the next phase of upgrading Grace Street Park.
Officials in Greenwood County and towns in the county are gearing up for the next phase of sales tax work on capital projects at various parks, including Grace Street, Magnolia Park, Hodges, Troy and Ninety City Parks Six and the construction of a new park on Foundry Road, said Josh Skinner, CPST coordinator.
“Funding for phase two will begin in October,” he said. “They should get an additional $ 1.75 million just for Grace Street Park.”
The first phase of the park improvements included the installation of signage at Grace Street Park, as well as improvements to the parking lot, the creation of new trails and the demolition of the old water treatment building. In its place, Skinner said the park would have a parking lot as the entrance to the park from Grace Street, with a small playground near the bamboo forest and the nearby trailhead leading to the current park along Merriwood Drive.
“But really, the real design – the current Davis & Floyd design – isn’t written on paper yet. It’s just conceptual, ”he said.
The tender for the first phase opened on September 21 and the lowest bidder was Greenway Construction Group with a bid of $ 2.2 million for work at Hodges, Troy, Foundry and Magnolia parks. The offer, Skinner said, was broken so that Hodges, Troy and Magnolia would cost less than $ 1 million, while Foundry would cost around $ 1.26 million.
The offer is over budget, however. The budget for the first phase is approximately $ 2,053,000.
“Dwight (Funderburk) is looking for ways to cut costs,” Skinner said. “Our main focus right now is Hodges, Magnolia and Troy.”
Troy and Hodges Parks are expected to see new signature pavilions to meet community interests, and most of the park models include walking trails, lighting, benches, and parking. Ninety Six City Park is also expected to see its pavilion and bathrooms replaced. Troy, Magnolia and Foundry are expected to see new play equipment installed.
The new Foundry Road Park, located in a strip of woodland between South Main Street and the John G. Lamb Center, has encountered an environmental problem. A fuel leak from a tank at a nearby gas station seeped into the ground towards Foundry Road.
“If you’re over there you can smell the gas in the creek,” Skinner said. “The city has $ 150,000 from the EPA to clean up the floor from when it was a real smelter.”
The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control is helping stop and clean up the leak, Skinner said.
Funds for phase two arrive in October, providing approximately $ 3.5 million for continued work at Grace Street Park, phase two of work at Foundry, Ninety Six City Park, and the walking and biking trails that run through Greenwood. .
Skinner said if Greenway could lower the price of the offering by compromising on elements of the designs, work on the first phase could begin early next year. If the price cannot come down, however, the county may need to revive the project.
“The problem, as we’ve seen at Boozer, is the construction trades,” Skinner said.
Bathroom fixtures drafted into concept designs had to be cut back as material costs inflated these park offerings, he said.
Actual planning for phase two is expected to begin soon – Skinner said county officials will meet with Ninety Six City Council soon to solidify their park design concept into an actual plan. There is no contract for the design work yet.
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