Original Town Site residents are just months away from having a new Gaines Park at Nash and Rimrock streets.
Work on the reconstructed park across the street from the old park began Sept. 28 and should take another year for full completion.
The project's first phase, which includes the field itself, is expected to be ready by early to late spring, said Donna Miller, the Surprise parks and recreation director.
“Things right now construction-wise have been super expensive, so we kind of had to split this up into phases,” Ms. Miller told the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission at its Oct. 26 meeting.
In addition to the field itself, the first phase will include fencing, plaza area, sidewalks, restroom and both on-street parking and off-street temporary parking.
The city awarded the construction contract to Phoenix-based Doege Development.
Ms. Miller said the city expects to receive the rest of its grant funding in July to complete the project.
By this time next year, the parking lot should be finished and lighting for the field will be installed.
Until the lights are installed, Ms. Miller said the field could still be used during the cooler parts of the summer days. The city typically runs camps and clinics in the mornings.
Ms. Miller said the restroom of all things takes the longest to construct. In this case, it’ll take six months.
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