Because the low bid came in about $65,000 less than village estimates, Brookfield will be getting more bang for its buck as it completes improvements to Kiwanis Park over the next eight months.
On Oct. 28, the Brookfield Village Board awarded a $495,613 construction contract for the park improvements to Wheeling-based Schaefges Brothers Inc. The company was the low bidder out of a field of eight firms competing for the job.
The contract will be finalized over the next week or so, according to Assistant Village Manager Keith Sbiral, and some of groundwork will begin as early as late November. Construction is expected to last through the summer of 2014, with a grand re-opening event likely scheduled for the fall of 2014.
“Most of the groundwork could start this year, foundation work for the [band] shelter, etc.,” Sbiral said. “A lot will depend on weather.”
Schaefges Brothers Inc. is no stranger to Brookfield park improvements. The company was responsible for the splash pad installation and other features included in the Jaycee/Ehlert Park renovation during 2011-12.
Among the improvements to be completed at Kiwanis Park will be the construction of a new covered band shell, replacing the simple platform there presently. A couple of small trees will be removed and relocated and some minor earth moving will be done to create an informal but defined seating area in front of the band shell.
In addition, there will be improvements to the western edge of the commuter parking lot, in the form of a row of parking spaces built of permeable pavers, to assist in managing storm water runoff into Salt Creek.
The basketball court will be renovated and two sand volleyball courts will be installed in the area between the parking lot and the Gav baseball field. New horseshoe and bean bag courts are planned as well as a seven-hole disc golf course that will wind its way from behind Overholt Field to behind the playground area.
Plans also call for a paved walking trail with three fitness stations around the perimeter of the park. Work will not extend into the oak savanna to the north.
Because Schaefges’ bid came in so far under village estimates, Brookfield will be able to include five alternate items into the project, which will serve to address additional drainage issues and put some finishing touches on the work.
The village will spend about $32,000 to improve drainage for the areas northeast and to the south of the band shell. Another $21,650 is being spent to wrap the band shell columns with stone, similar to the stone used on the columns of the concession stand at Jaycee/Ehlert Park. Overlapping walls will also be used to create a backdrop/backstage area for the band shell.
Another $29,650 will be spent to create a concrete path connecting the Gav baseball field to the playground area of the park, while $15,650 will be spent to create a more formal, paved picnic area adjacent to the Kiwanis Park pavilion.
The cost of the work is being shared between the village of Brookfield and a $260,300 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant awarded to the village in May.
Little League baseball and softball games in 2014 will not be affected by the work. However, much of the park, including the picnic pavilion and playground area, will be off limits during construction.
Several events typically held in the park, such as the Battle of the Bands, summer outdoor concerts and the July 4 picnic will be relocated in 2014. Those details have not been finalized yet.