LAYTON -- Creation of a new splash pad at Ellison Park sometime next year has moved a step closer to reality.
The city council voted unanimously recently to hire Architectural Nexus Inc. for architectural services associated with building a new water feature. The successful project bid came in at $28,500, which was the second-lowest of seven bids for the project.
The process to review the RFPs for the project, however, included more than price. David Price, director of Parks and Recreation, said 30 percent of the internal scoring for each bidder was based on technical design and another 30 percent was based on management capability. The fee represented 40 percent of the review. ANI was the top among all seven reviewers who participated in the point review process, Price said.
Price has suggested the new water feature could be open for use by Memorial Day 2013.
The process of where to place the water amenity, however, raised some concerns. Recreation committee members debated the placement of the splash pad at Ellison Park or near the city pool. After the council reviewed the matter twice, Ellison was chosen.
Several members of the recreation board voiced their opposition to the final location to several members of the council. Price said he is confident the right spot has been chosen.
Mayor Steve Curtis said he is grateful for the input, but noted the recreation committee is an advisory board and the final decision is up to the city council.
The new splash pad will be built in Ellison Park on the east side, in between a softball field and tennis courts, adjacent to bathroom facilities.
The location close to existing bathroom facilities is expected to trim as much as $100,000 from potential costs for the facility, Price said.
With an architect in place, Price hopes city officials may have some design options to consider sometime around Thanksgiving or Christmas.