Splash pad bids too high for Youngstown

By Burton Speakman



City children will have to wait a little longer before they can get cooled off by splash pads.

The pads will have to be put up for bid again because none of the four bids opened Friday was within 10 percent of the engineer’s estimate for the job of $110,000.

The lowest bid was for $122,670. The highest was for more than $200,000.

After all the bids were read, Charles Shasho, the city’s director of public works, told the bidders in the audience the city would look into re-bidding after changing the specifications.

Splash pads shoot water from above-ground sprinklers and are designed to be a water feature for children.

Robert Burke, city park director, said he still was hopeful the project would move forward and the city could get the two splash pads completed by the end of the year “even if we don’t turn them on until next year.”

The goal is to get the project completed within this year’s budget, he added.

The next step will be for Burke and Shasho to meet to determine what could be changed on the project before it could be re-bid, Burke said.

“The city only has so much money to spend,” he said. “Hopefully, we can figure this thing out.”

Burke said he didn’t know what to expect from the bidding process because this was the first time he had been involved with a project such as the splash pads.

The project would have placed the splash pads at John White Park on the city’s East Side and Homestead Park on the South Side. The plans were for the splash pads to not be that big, Burke said. They would operate similar to ones in Austintown Township, he added.

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