Grand Rapids to spend nearly $1 million from parks tax on structural repairs

Grand Rapids to spend nearly $1 million from parks tax on structural repairs

The Grand Rapids City Commission is expected to approve a plan next week to spend almost $1 million from new parks tax on building repairs in various parks across the city.

The commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, December 2, to take a decision on the plan that proposes to use $940,000 from new parks tax to repair works. The parks tax was approved by voters in 2013.

Structural repairs to the boxing gym at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Richmond Park bath house, the Garfield Park gymnasium, and Riverside Park band shell are on the list.

Restrooms at Lincoln, Mackay Jaycees and Plaster Creek will also get structural improvements. In addition, the plan proposes to the city to put in forty new drinking fountains.

The drinking fountains are planned to be installed in 28 parks, including Aberdeen, Ah-Nab-Awen, Richmond, Riverside, Roosevelt, Rosa Parks Circle, Belknap, Briggs, Canal Street, Coit, Fish Ladder, Plaster Creek, Sixth Street, Fuller, Garfield, Heartside, Highland, Huff, Kensington, Lincoln, Mackay Jaycees, Martin Luther King, Cherry, Clemente, Mary Waters, Mulick, Sullivan Field and Westown Commons.

The installation of drinking fountains in the parks will likely be done by McDonald Plumbing Co.

The recommended contractor is Pride Builders Group LLC as it had placed the lowest bid of $592,000. Engineering & inspection costs along with project contingency would make up the rest of the $775,000 budget.