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Supervisors approve Live Oak Park construction contract

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the authorization for bid and subsequent award of a construction contract to provide new playground equipment, seating, and access for Live Oak Park.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote August 4 also found the project to be categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review. The project will replace existing playground equipment with updated facilities, provide new benches and picnic tables, and install a new walkway that meets American’s with Disabilities Act standards.

“We’re happy to be able to proceed with replacing that equipment, adding some new amenities,” said Brian Albright, the director of the County of San Diego’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “I think the community’s going to love it.”

A 2009-10 Community Development Block Grant allocation provided $200,000 for the work, so no additional appropriations were needed to fund the estimated cost of the park improvements. The Department of Parks and Recreation had spent $3,495 on contract services and design costs prior to asking the supervisors to approve the construction contract process.

The construction costs, including contingency, are estimated at $180,000, while the remaining funding of approximately $16,500 will be used for related project costs including soils testing, inspections, construction management, and project administration. Once the project is completed, the annual operations and maintenance work will be provided by existing Department of Parks and Recreation staff positions.

The construction work is expected to begin in fall 2010 and be completed during spring 2011.

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