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December 12, 2012

Legacy Park plans progress

NORMAN — The Norman City Council is deciding what sort of legacy it wants to leave for Norman residents and visitors at the greatly anticipated Legacy Park in the University North Park development.

With the park land dedication completed, the project was rebid and plans are under way to construct the park Norman has long dreamed of having as the anchor for the TIF funded development.

“We’ve got almost $8 million available,” Norman Parks Director Jud Foster told city council members Tuesday night during a non-voting study session to discuss possible park amenities and the construction contract. Under consideration are a number of extra amenities including fountains, additional lighting for beauty as well as public safety, and a trail around the adjacent detention pond.

Five bids were received with the low base bid from CGC, LLC at $5,525,900 and alternate items at $1.495 million for a total of $7,020,900. The engineer’s estimate for the base bid was just more than $6 million with an additional $1.9 million in alternate items coming to a total $7.9 million.

The park was bid in 2010 for an original base bid of $5.3 million but the project was held up by lengthy negotiations between the city and the UNP developer.

“The second time around the base bid increased by about 3.3 percent and the total bid increased by about 5 percent,” Foster said.

That increase is less than had been feared.

Items included in the base bid are a wishbone entry drive, enhanced treatment of Legacy Park Drive, entry portals, an amphitheater with stage, cover and grass surface seating area that will hold between 700 and 1,000 people. Also included are a one acre pond with programmable fountains, a promenade walk around the pond, an arbor on the west side, restrooms, walkways on the west and extensive landscaping and pedestrian lighting.

The amphitheater will be used for community events, some of which will be held at night when the lighting will be needed.

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