Council awards bids for Community Center projects |

Council awards bids for Community Center projects

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Nearly a half-million dollars in two bids were awarded Thursday to contractors for a fourth tennis court and an outdoor play area at the Community Center.About $406,115 was awarded to Walters Company Inc. of Glenwood Springs for construction of the tennis court. The work includes site work, landscaping and necessary road work.Parks and recreation director Tom Barnes said the court will be made of “post-tension” concrete rather than asphalt. He added that this has the advantage of increased durability and could last as long as three or four times the life span of an asphalt court. In addition, it should provide for a more uniform playing surface over time and reduce wear and tear on player’s legs, he said.The city council also awarded a $45,687 bid to IFI Construction Corp. of Grand Junction for construction of the outdoor play area, or “tot lot.”Plans for the play area include a water feature and a bouldering area in its 70-by-100 foot core. There would also be additional features including peripheral pathways, an interactive nature display, a slide, timber steps, a sand pit, a birdhouse and jungle gym.In June, interim director of parks and recreation Bruce Munroe said the city was having trouble getting bids on projects that included excavation work such as the play area. But once that hurdle was overcome, he said, different civic groups indicated they would help out with constructing the features.Barnes said the play area will be designed to target pre-school aged kids and appeal to different senses. It will include a lot of different textures meant to stimulate creative thinking and creative interest in kids, he added.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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