Splash pad bid above estimates

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This conceptual drawing shows features of the planned Meidinger Splash Park that will be constructed next to the Two Rivers Activity Center. Jamestown Parks and Recreation authorized advertising for bids Tuesday and the project could be complete by May 2021. Submitted photo

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission took no action on the one bid it received for the construction of the splash pad at Two Rivers Activity Center.

Travis Dillman, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, told the commission Monday the bid was about 15% above the amount budgeted for construction.

Preliminary estimates for the project are $2.3 million. That estimate includes engineering costs and the purchase of equipment along with the construction. The bids for the construction component were reviewed at the Parks and Recreation meeting Monday.

Dillman said Interstate Engineering and the designers of the splash pad project were working with T.F. Powers Construction of Fargo to see if construction costs could be lowered. If not, the commission would have the option of rejecting the bid and starting the bidding process over.

The splash pad will be named the Meidinger Splash Park in honor of Shirley Meidinger, who made the lead donation for the project in November 2018. In all, donations of more than $1.6 million have been received for the project. There will be no tax money used to construct the project.


The water feature will include 6,500 square feet of things like water slides, water sprayers, dump buckets and other ways to get a person wet for play in the water. About 150 people could utilize the splash park at any given time. The splash park would be located north of the TRAC parking lot.

Initial plans called for construction of the splash pad to start this fall with completion by the summer of 2021. Rebidding the project could cause delays to that timeline, Dillman said.

In other business, the Parks and Recreation Commission adopted a security camera policy limiting who can view security camera video to law enforcement officers and others involved with legal actions where the tapes might be considered evidence.

Jamestown Parks and Recreation has security cameras at the ice rinks, Hillcrest maintenance shop and pro shop and Two Rivers Activity Center.

Doug Hogan, Parks and Recreation superintendent, said security cameras are used in public portions of the facility and not in locker rooms or other places where privacy is assumed.

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