The Pueblo Chieftan

Hiccups not stalling Civic Center Park

Construction at Civic Center Park is “moving right along,” and although there have been a few hiccups, officials expect a few parts of the park to be open in late September or early October for public use.

The playground was installed but some of the details were not done properly, said Parks and Recreation Director Carol Cosby.

“A new crew is reinstalling it to exceed safety standards,” she said.

“Obviously we know how important the playground – and safety – is.”

Sooner after it is finished, the rubber mating underneath will be poured.

Walls are being constructed for the beginning portion of the bathroom facilities, and the large pillars for the pavilions are in progress.

Additionally, most of the sprinkler line has been installed.

A large portion of the trail is done, with just a couple of sections remaining, Cosby said.

Part of the park will likely be roped off at the end of the summer when grass seed is planted, so that it has a chance to begin growing, and Cosby said the hope is to open this completed phase of the park completely to patrons in the spring.

Pueblo West Metropolitan District Manager Jack Johnston said the project has been delayed a handful of days because of weather-related issues, including some rain that postponed concrete being poured.

The 2013 budget called for about $1 million for the Civic Center Park design plans for phase one.

The bid returned with the lowest base bid coming in at $1.05 million from CMS Inc. with an alternative bid at $80,000 that includes an additional parking lot and landscaping on the east side of Civic Center Drive.

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