Work at Bicentennial Park in Valpo will relocate girls softball games
by James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent March 21, 2013 9:34PM
Updated: April 23, 2013 2:42PM
VALPARAISO — Some girls softball games will be moved to Old Fairground Park this summer as the city’s park department improves drainage at Bicentennial Park.
The park board reviewed the plans for Phase III of the four-phase improvement program that could mean a third playing field there if funds are available.
The board approved a contract with Deboer Egolf Corp. of Portage to improve the drainage at the park, which will also improve drainage problems with neighbors.
Deboer Egolf was low bidder at $79,900, lower than the estimated $130,000 cost, Parks Superintendent John Seibert said.
However, landscaping, planting grass and removing old lights will add about $15,000 to the Phase II costs when the parks department does that, Seibert said.
Valparaiso’s storm water management will pay $75,000 toward the project, and the city is expected to pay $20,000, while the parks will pay the remainder out of its Economic Development Income Tax money.
The parks department decided not to pursue alternative bids for expanding and resurfacing the parking lot, which would cost about $50,000, or replacing a culvert, which would cost up to $7,000.
Seibert said the parks department will consider dealing directly with pavement companies if there’s money in the fall, and the culvert could be done by city staff.
The drainage work to be done includes installing pipes and digging swales around the western ball field and southeast of the parking lot to pulls water away from the park’s center and the neighbors.
For Phase I last year, the department turned the western field from an adult ballfield to a youth softball field with a fence around it and installing utilities for moving buildings in the park.
Work should begin in two weeks and be completed in May
Phase III next year entails moving buildings in the park, and Phase IV would mean another ball diamond.
Other projects for this year include repairing Flounder Park skateboard park equipment and ramps, building shelters at Butterfly Meadows Park with $30,000 the Parks Foundation raised through donations and installing new playground equipment at 200 East Park.