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KATE LIEBERS

Staff Writer

Construction is set to begin at Mingo and Smith parks, after Delaware City officials signed two contracts totaling about $750,000 this week.

The Mingo project plans include improving the soccer fields, adding 90 additional parking spaces, rebuilding the walk path and adding a bike path, according to city spokesman Lee Yoakum.

The Smith Park renovations entail leveling one of the three softball fields, Yoakum said. All these projects are expected to be finished by spring 2012 and ready for the outdoor sport season.

The projects are paid for using the city’s park levy money, which was expected to generate $23.8 million.

Of those funds, approximately $3 million is available for improvements to city parks, said Yoakum. Much of the remaining park levy funds paid for the construction of the new YMCA building on Houk Road.

The City awarded the Mingo Park bid to Trucco Construction, Inc., a Delaware company, for $686,000. The Smith Park bid was awarded to G & G Enterprises, a Bellville company, for $67,000.

Of the two bids received for Mingo, Trucco’s was the lowest, Yoakum said.

G & G was the only bidder for the Smith project.

“I wish we had more,” said city manager Tom Homan of the bidder turnout.

The upcoming construction begins the first of several phases, Yoakum said. The plans for the first phase are as follows:

MINGO PARK PROJECT

Grading and seeding of entire soccer area:

Yoakum said renovating the soccer fields would be the “first priority” at Mingo, so that the area would be ready for the upcoming season.

The finished field is expected to be more level with better drainage and better turf. Yoakum said this project “will be significant,” and that construction for this part of the project was likely to be the most noticeable.

New parking lot:

Approximately 90 parking spaces are to be added between the skate park and the three-season shelter house.

Walk path:

The gravel walk path currently circumventing Mingo Park is to be reconstructed. Consequently, the path will be able to accept an asphalt surface at a late date, Yoakum said.

Bike path:

Two bike path entrances, now separated by the parking lot, are to be connected.

“Instead of forcing bike path users to walk through the parking lot and interact with traffic, they can continue onto the Olentangy River,” said Yoakum. “This will close that loop and make it a safer bike path for residents.”

SMITH PARK PROJECT

Outfield repairs on field No.4:

One of the three softball fields with the most severe sloping problems is to be graded, re-leveled, and seeded in preparation for next season, Yoakum said.

FUTURE PROJECTS

Other plans to be completed after the first phase include:

- Demolishing the current restrooms and concession stands, then building a new one in a more central location. This will also include reworking the water and sewer utilities.

- Adding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compatible crosswalk at the main entrance.

- Adding 10,000 feet of bike path and paving existing paths.

- Adding a bio-swale behind the little league field and west of the main lot.