Logan supervisors reject bid for park renovations

Lone proposal submitted was $208,000 over estimate

The Logan Township supervisors recently rejected the single bid they received for improvements at Greenwood Park, as it was $208,000 higher than an estimate for the work.

The supervisors plan to rebid the project in Jan­uary, so the work can be done in the spring.

The $693,000 bid was from Ventura Construction Ser­vices, township Manager Tim Brown said.

Company officials were “very accommodating” when staff members discussed the gap between the bid and the estimate, but staff still recommended rejecting the bid, Brown said.

The proposed improvements include a 9-foot-wide accessible walking path around the Altoona Curve Junior baseball field and the Altoona Soccer Club field, a 5-foot-wide, 4,700-foot-long mulch or gravel network of hiking trails in a wooded section of the park, a new bathroom on the south side of the soccer field, benches, trees and other accessibility im­provements.

The path around the fields will help people with mobility problems access the fields to watch games, as they currently need to do so on grass, which can be difficult, Planning Director Cassandra Schmick said.

The township needs to post an equal match for a $187,000 grant from the Park Rehabilitation and Develop­ment program of the Depart­ment of Conser­vation and Natural Re­sources.

As of early this year, that was slated to consist of $24,600 in cash, along with $56,400 in Community De­velopment Block Grant money and $41,600 worth of labor and machinery time, according to a chart provided then.

The CDBG program pays for pathways only when they enable access to existing facilities, Schmick said.

There have also been contributions from local businesses toward the project.

The park is on a hill off Sixth Avenue, although it’s reached via Sandy Run Road, then Earnhardt Drive, Thunderbird Drive and Thunderbird Lane, which are part of the Camelot Woods mobile home development.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.