December 05, 2013 - 1:48 PM
KELOWNA - Phase two of the Stuart Park expansion will go to tender once again after the lowest bid received was still $700,000 over the $1.9 million budget approved by council.
Park and Public Space Project Manager Andrew Gibbs says the biggest reason for the higher-than-expected cost is that the contractors will be working near, and often in, Okanagan Lake. He says Council intends to get around some of those costs by having city crews do the majority of the work around the water, including demolishing the walkway and wall currently in place.
"We are still over the approved budget by $160,000 but we are proposing we go to tender, see where the prices come in and, with surplus funds from other projects, we would use some of the funds to cover the overage," Gibbs says.
Work will first begin on the new Yacht club in the spring and will move north from there.
"We want to get (the Yacht Club) patio up and operating again by the May long weekend so they can have it for peak use before they move into their new building later in the year," Gibbs says.
Also presented to Council is the recent inclusion of a fire pit near the Stuart Park skating rink.
“I think the public will absolutely love (that),” Councillor Luke Stack said.
Construction on the second phase of Stuart Park will begin in February, when the waterfront walkway will be closed to the public for the entire month. Construction begins in April with completion expected by spring, 2015.
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