San Carlos is going ahead with renovations of Crestview Park rather than downsize the plan to come under budget because the council worries that waiting will delay construction and potentially force a steeper price tag.
“Construction costs being what they are these days, if you just wait, the costs just go up. We had four or five bids and even the lowest was above our budget,” Councilman Ron Collins said.
Collins and the rest of the council voted Monday night to use the remaining $216,000 in the Burton Park renovation fund plus general fund money to make up the difference.
The city’s capital improvement program budget set aside $1.76 million for the park makeover but the low bidder came in at $1.99 million.
City staff gave the council the option of maintaining the plan as proposed or reducing the scope and putting it back out to bid.
With the project getting the green light, construction will likely start next month with completion by the end of December.
Collins said aside from cost, the council was also eager to get the project underway. The city looked at four alternatives, discussed and dismissed the idea of using synthetic turf and ultimately chose a fifth hybrid plan.
“After all that, to not do it when we had the money allocated and other funds left over just didn’t make any sense,” Collins said.
Crestview is a 1.1-acre park located on Crestview Drive north of Brittan Avenue. The renovations call for installing age-appropriate playground equipment, renovating resurfacing and marking the basketball area, reducing the parking spaces by two, adding a small bleacher or goal storage to the hillside, maintaining a redwood tree and finding more flat areas for local astronomers.
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