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An Update on the Farmington Park Playground Renovation

Post Date:01/04/2019 3:30 PM
Work on the first phase of the Farmington Playground Master Plan project is nearing completion.

There are still two major tasks left to be completed - sod around the playground and asphalt around the new walking trail. Unfortunately, both items are weather dependent, as it is imperative that the ground is dry in order for the sod to be cut and the temperature must be above 50 degrees for asphalt to be poured. Due to recent weather patterns, the ground has become too saturated for either of the final two items to be completed.

The bulk of the project up to this point has been installation of a new drainage system. The installation process involved clearing the ground, removing of the existing play equipment and sidewalks and digging trenches.Once the new drainage pipes and inlets were installed, the ground was graded and the new system was connected to the drainage channel at the far west end of the property.

As with any project, underground work carries high risk for all parties involved. Despite efforts to identify underground infrastructure, the contractor found numerous unmarked water lines and electrical lines. If a line was hit, repairs had to be immediately made, which caused initial delays in the project. To avoid hitting utility lines, the contractor diligently dug over 35 feet of trench by hand. With an excavator, this task would have taken approximately an hour; however, with the cautious measures taken, the task took an additional week to complete. The new drainage system will help to prevent flooding around the restrooms and play structures.

While the completion date of phase one remains undetermined at this time, the design contract for the second phase of the project is anticipated to go before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen by the end of the month. Next steps in the process would be taking the construction contract out to bid and back before the board again for final approval. Work on phase two is scheduled to take place during the summer while school is not in session.
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