The Park Rapids Parks and Beautification Board on Monday reviewed cost projections for several upcoming park improvement projects.

Deane Park estimate

City Planner Andrew Mack reported that a parks board subcommittee met with a technician from Flagship Recreation to discuss design concepts and cost estimates for Deane Point Park improvements, including a new pavilion to replace one that is becoming structurally unsound.

“We’ve been given preliminary estimates for the shelter,” said Mack, presenting a $47,500 quote that reflects a recent spike in the cost of materials.

He showed concept drawings of the project, including demolition of the existing shelter and its concrete pad, replacement of the pad, installation of a new 20-by-28-foot pavilion built from a kit with a wall, countertop and electrical installation, and a paved path from the parking lot to the shelter area.

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Mack noted that the pavilion in the quote is considerably smaller than the current pavilion, but he suggested considering this the first phase of a multi-phase project, or leaving portions of the existing concrete slab intact for now as an unsheltered picnic area. However, he said the concrete will have to be replaced before building a new shelter over it.

Mack advised having the subcommittee review and modify the site plan for the improvements for presentation at a future parks board meeting.

Capital improvement plan

The Deane Point pavilion project was only part of a series of cost projections Mack presented for parks priorities on the city’s 2021-25 capital improvement plan (CIP).

Additional priorities for Deane Point Park include additional paved paths connecting handicap parking, the expanded pavilion, restrooms and playground; new playground equipment, an interpretive kiosk, benches and pads; new picnic table pads, walkways, a beach shower, parking lot striping and restoration of historic stone structures.

These projected costs, including the pavilion project, total $150,000. Proposed financing sources are 50 percent state grants, 25 percent liquor store revenue and 25 percent bonds.

In a similar breakdown for the Depot Park tennis court reconstruction, Mack’s CIP presentation showed projected costs totaling $400,000, with the city already committing $25,000 for the soil boring study and engineering design and the remaining $375,000 to come from a state grant and other fundraising.

Regarding the CIP priority for a splash pad at Depot Park, Mack projected $200,000 in total costs, with the hope of funding 50 percent of it through a Lions Clubs International Foundation grant, 40 percent through donations and 10 percent from the city’s park improvement fund.

In other business, the park board:

  • Decided to remove the flowerbed at Red Bridge Park and replace it with a lower maintenance decorative grass planting. Kim Donahue made the motion, which was approved unanimously.

  • Heard Mack report that the Ant Venture sculpture, to be installed in Deane Point Park, can be anchored directly to the ground without the need for a concrete slab, and the area beneath the sculpture can be re-landscaped to give a softer landing to children playing on the sculpture while preserving the natural setting.

  • Discussed sending thank-you notes to donors toward the Depot Park tennis court replacement project. Mack also reported that the engineering work on the project has been submitted to the state for review.

  • Heard Mack report that Darchuk’s Fabrication agreed to replace damaged parts of the musical sculptures in Pioneer Park for the cost of approximately two hours’ labor. Mack said the parts needed, including paints, were locally available.

  • Learned that a joint workshop with the city council, planned for Feb. 23, was canceled in order to first give the city’s finance committee an opportunity to review the proposed comprehensive parks and trails plan.

The next parks board meeting is scheduled for noon on Monday, March 8.