Capital Improvement Projects
Update on Projects 2/14
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
The Recreation and Planning Departments are currently working on numerous capital improvement projects to enhance city parks and open space with renovations and the addition of new recreational opportunities at various locations throughout the City. The following list below provides a brief summary of each project and its current status, since they are at different stages of design, development, and construction.
PETER GILMORE PLAYGROUND
We are pleased to announce the Waltham Recreation Board unanimously approved the Peter Gilmore Playground Improvement Plan as presented at their meeting held on February 25, 2015.
Thank you all for participating in helping move the process forward from design to development of the final specifications. Various City Departments will be involved in determining required public standards, regulations, and permits to prepare final cost estimates. The project will then be ready to put out to bid.
The Planning Department has recently awarded a contract to have the building on this site demolished in preparation of the Park improvements.
The Planning Department is working on development of an RFP (Request for Proposal) to seek a consultant to assist the City with design and development of a plan for the Koutoujian Playground.
The City has just opened bids for construction of planned improvements at this Park. The City’s consultant is reviewing the bids received and evaluating the recommendations of the lowest bid. Once the City receives the Consultant’s recommendation, the next step is to seek an appropriation from the Mayor and City Council. Once funding is secure the City will enter into a contract with the contractor and construction can begin. Construction is planned to begin this spring and continue throughout the fall. The Park will be closed during the duration of construction.
POND END PLAYGROUND
On December 29, 2014 the City along with State Officials, and neighbors of the Pond End Playground celebrated the grant received from the State to help fund this improvement project. The newly renovated Park will re-open in the spring of 2015.
ELSIE TURNER AND GRAVERSON PLAYGROUNDS
Design and Development continue for these projects. With numerous public meetings for both areas, “preferred” plans have been selected for further investigation relating to engineering requirements for drainage, utility needs, construction specifications, permitting, and conservation commission involvement.
Final engineering and drainage improvement plans are ready to submit to the Conservation Commission.
Drainage issues at this Park must be investigated and resolved prior to park improvements being constructed. The Engineering Department will begin the process of the research and resolutions prior to the Recreation Department’s anticipated improvements. The City has hired a design firm to assist with the first phase of the project which will include park access and replacement basketball court. Other Park improvements will be accomplished in a second phase.
WALTHAM COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL CENTER
The Planning Department is currently working on finalizing contracts to begin to projects for the Community Center. Improvements will be made to develop ADA parking spaces and access at the rear entrance to the building. It is also anticipated that the roof will be replaced in the spring of 2015.
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