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Council to Discuss Design Alternatives of Gateway Park

For many years now, the City has been working to build the Gateway Park at the southeast corner of Baltimore avenue and Edgewood Road.

So far, $457,000 has been spent on the acquisition of the lot and $22,000 on the demolition. $194,000 has been budgeted on the design and engineering of the park.A vast majority (94%) of funds come from the State and other grant sources. The construction cost is estimated at $736,000 (or $920,000, with 20% contingency).

At the last Council meeting (June 13th), the Council decided to approve $43,000 towards the construction administration fees. The Council also approved to fully fund the construction through the State Program Open Space (POS) grants, however, wanted to evaluate design alternatives in order to reduce construction costs.

The design alternative options include

  1. Build the Park as currently designed with some cost reductions in types and quantities of materials (a reduction of 5%). This option will include reduction of the number of benches, tables and chairs, elimination of the slope slide and soft surfacing, elimination of uplights for the trees, elimination of bollard lighting in preference to pole lights, exploration of less expensive products for furnishings, lights, etc.
  2. Eliminate the pavilion and build the park on both lots (a reduction of 31%). This option will include elimination of the pavilion, lighting for pavilion and Wind and Weather features associated with the pavilion, elimination of paving associated with the pavilion, elimination of the slope slide and soft surfacing, elimination of uplights for the trees, elimination bollard lighting in preference to pole lights, exploration of less expensive products for furnishings, lights, etc. and elimination of one set of stairs
  3. Build the pavilion only on the original corner lot ( a reduction of 60%). The pavilion would provide a seating area and overlook to a wooded lot. There will be no connection to the neighborhood or ADA compliant public access to the lower level from 47th Pl. The option eliminates the slope slide and soft surfacing, reduces grading, sediment, erosion control and stormwater management based on the reduced lot size, eliminates all features on the lower level of the park (including neighborhood access), reduces amount of screen fencing required. Designed planting is replaced by reforestation at the lower level.

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, he Council will review these options, different implications in terms of the of timing of bidding and construction and potential loss of amenities to the community.

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