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Spraypark bid approved, work set to start
MARYSVILLE — Construction is already underway at Comeford Park to prepare it for its incoming spraypark, but the Marysville City Council didn’t award the bid for the construction of the spraypark itself until its meeting on Monday, March 17.
Mark Obom, owner of Obom Construction in Lake Stevens, has already been painting the interior walls, applying decorative stones to the exterior walls and reconfiguring the layout of the restrooms at the north end of Comeford Park, to add changing rooms for the spraypark, but Obom’s contract is separate from that awarded to the Oregon-based Kelaye Concrete.
“The addition of changing rooms to the restrooms at Comeford Park is coming from the city’s general fund,” city of Marysville Parks and Recreation Director Jim Ballew said, while paying a visit to Obom in Comeford Park on Thursday, March 20. “The construction of the spraypark is coming from a combination of the city’s capital fund and donations from the community.”
The city put the spraypark construction project out to bid on March 6 and received five bids, with Kelaye Concrete coming in as the low bidder at $179,624.40, including state sales tax. The project was estimated at $200,000.
Eccos Design of Mount Vernon worked with the city on the design of the 3,000-square-foot spraypark, which will feature a main waterway down the middle, including approximately 30 jets of water, and four distinct play zones, intended to provide children with a diversity of play experiences. The spraypark’s design also sports a seating wall along its outside edge, to help prevent small children from wandering outside the area without their parents noticing.
City of Marysville Public Works Director Kevin Nielsen anticipates that Kelaye Concrete should join Obom Construction on site, and start its own construction work, within the next few weeks.
“The spraypark should be open by mid-June, right on time for kids who are just getting out of school,” Nielsen said. “We’ve been looking at doing this for the past few years now.”
While the Comeford Park restrooms are already fenced off, Nielsen promised that the rest of the park, outside of the spraypark construction zone, would remain open.
“We’re locating the spraypark close to the restrooms, just south of the existing playground structure, so they’ll be more convenient as changing rooms,” Nielsen said.
In the meantime, Ballew clarified that, while the city has allocated the funds for the spraypark construction, the Marysville Community Parks Foundation is managing contributions from the community to offset those costs.
“Whatever we’re able to save on this project will be able to be transferred over to help cover other city parks projects,” Ballew said. “We’re meeting with service clubs, local businesses and other community groups to see if they can chip in, and the Marysville Community Parks Foundation will donate those monies to the city for the spraypark construction.”
Ballew emphasized that the spraypark project encompasses more than just dropping a new activity feature in the middle of Comeford Park, but is instead intended to transform the park.
“We’re going to be furnishing the site with additional tables and benches, and touching up both the restrooms and the Ken Baxter Community Center,” Ballew said. “This project is about giving the entire park a makeover.”
Ballew and Nielsen believe the spraypark will benefit both the economy and the quality of life of the city of Marysville.
“The whole goal is to change the climate and culture of downtown Marysville,” Ballew said. “This will draw interest and generate new visitors, residents and businesses. More importantly, it will change the current use of Comeford Park, which is occasionally populated by small gangs, to a more family-oriented space.”
“The spraypark is sure to be very popular with the surrounding community and beyond,” Nielsen said. “It’ll be a great way for families to spend some time together, cooling off during those warm, sunny days of summer.”