VOL. 110 | NO. 226 | Thursday, November 21, 1996
By CAMILLE H
Consultants awarded contracts
for development of county parks
By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE
The Daily News
The development plans for five new parks in Shelby County moved forward on Wednesday after consultants were chosen at a Conservation Board meeting to draw up plans for contractors to bid on the projects.
The development of the county parks is part of a master plan by the county government that has been in existence for more than a year. The awarding of the contracts to the consultants is scheduled for a vote by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 9.
Conservation Board executive director Darrell May said it shouldnt take more than 120 days for plans to be drawn up before bids will open for the construction of the parks.
"Weve hired consultants to do all the detail work to get us ready to take bids," May said. "Once the bids are accepted, the consultants will supervise the construction of the parks."
The largest park project, Southeast Shelby park, is located in the Forest Hill-Irene area and consists of 240 acres, 125 of which will be preserved for environmental conservation education.
ETI Inc. was awarded the contract to do consulting work on the project, and the county will pay the firm $405,277 for the work.
The property has been owned by the county and earmarked for a park for a number of years, May said.
The first phase of the park will consist of a soccer complex, which should be complete by 1998, said Jim Dugan, principal with ETI.
The total project will include the construction of soccer fields, a greenbelt, an interpretive center for wetlands and nature trails.
Dugan said being the largest park and recreation design firm in Memphis played a part in the decision from the county to award the Southeast park contract to ETI.
"Our firm was chosen probably because of our size," Dugan said. "A job like this requires a firm that can put more than just one or two park planners on the project."
Dugan said ETI will have a team of eight planners working on the project, five of which specialize in park and recreation planning.
The contract for the design of a park in the Bolton community was awarded to Grace and Associates. The $34,362 contract includes the first phase construction documents for developing the park.
A $79,880 contract was awarded to Fisher & Arnold Inc. for documents of the Lowrance Road Park.
Jackson Person & Associates Inc. will do consulting work on the Northaven Park for $59,875.
May said the Northaven project will be an addition to an already existing park.
The Pickering Firm Inc. was awarded the contract for the Highland Oaks project. The county will pay the firm $38,850 for the work.
May said each park will be different in design.
"We met with the various areas of the community to find out what they wanted," May said. "Each one had a different wish list, and we tried to comply with their lists as best we could in designing and building these parks for them."
The parks are being built on properties that were owned by the county, and two properties that the county recently purchased. "Two of the parks are located next to schools," May said. "Schools are normally the centers of the community, so we bought the land next to the schools.
"The land for the park in the Bolton area was of interest to the people in the community, and their state representative got a grant from the state to purchase that property."