Bids Come in Lower for Grand Rapids Scaled-Back Pleasant Park

After rejecting a first round of contractor bids for construction of Pleasant Park, City Commissioners now will consider lower-priced bids that leave out several items.

The commission’s Tuesday, Nov. 19, meeting agenda includes a new set of bids for the park planned at the corner of Pleasant Street and Madison Avenue SE. The recommendation of city staff is to accept a $496,491 base bid by Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc. and add in a few park elements that were bid as extras the second time around, including $51,250 in lighting, $2,700 in irrigation and a $10,000 piece of playground equipment called a supernova.

Four other line items that were included in the original bid package now are not being recommended for the project. The project plans eliminate $41,800 in masonry fence columns, $32,400 in sod, a $16,800 entry plaza seat wall and $16,560 in ornamental fencing.

The overall budget for the park including base bid, extras, engineering and design and a contingency fund is $666,740. That cost will be paid by a $300,000 state grant, $200,500 special assessment, $112,240 in federal money, $50,000 in private foundation money and $4,000 in city money.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will fund a maintenance endowment for the park, which should open by next summer.

Katerberg Verhage actually was the low bidder on the project, coming in almost $20,000 cheaper than Kamminga & Roodvoets. But under the city’s bid-discount policy, K&R won points for agreeing to subcontract some work to GreenPlus Lanscaping, Inc., which qualified as a Micro-Local Business Enterprise.

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