Construction to rebuild Colorado Park in the township’s Herbertsville section will likely get underway in the next four to five weeks following a vote this week by the township council to award a $998,452 contract for the work.
The contract was awarded to Precise Construction, of Freehold, which bid on a slightly-reworked bid specification sheet. The scope of the project largely remains the same, but some elements of the plan – minor items, such as the width of a macadam walking path – were changed after bids came in over budget earlier this year.
Council President Paul Mummolo said the initial bids on the project came in around $1.3 million.
“We went back to the drawing board with our engineers and made a number of small changes that resulted in a significantly savings,” said Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic, who has been praised by her fellow council members for working hard on improvement plans for the township’s parks.
The rebuild of the park will include new playgrounds, sports fields and aesthetics – plus security cameras to prevent incidents of vandalism that have been an issue at the park in the past.
The rebuilt park, located at the end of Colorado and Nebraska avenues off Lanes Mill Road, will feature all-new attractions. It will include two playgrounds, one for children ages 2-5 and one for children ages 6-12, plus basketball courts, a new baseball field with a proper backstop and clay infield, and a perimeter walking trail.