SACKVILLE, N.B. – Work is now under way on a $300,000 project that will see a main section of boardwalk be replaced in the Sackville Waterfowl Park.
Town council awarded the tender earlier this month for the project to Sackville General Contracting Ltd at a cost of $324,875.
Todd Cole, director of parks and recreation facilities for the town, said some of the demolition work got under way late last week and the contractors will continue the project over the next few weeks.
Cole said seven bids were received for the boardwalk reconstruction project, ranging in price from the lowest tender submitted by Sackville General Contracting up to $900,000.
He said although the budget approved for the project is a bit at the “high end” of what was anticipated, he pointed out there is a contingency built in to the bid in case the materials (such as the structural steel and helical coils) come in under the projected amount.
The boardwalk section that is being replaced this year is the stretch from the Main Street/Anglican Church entrance to the first walking trail. It will be made of wood and look similar to the existing walkway, to “keep the look of the park”; but this time, it will be stabilized with helical coils to prevent it from settling in the future, said Cole. The project will also include reconstruction of the covered bridge at the end of Clarence Street.
The funds for the project will come from the town’s capital budget, with more phases expected to come in future years as the town continues to renew the aging Waterfowl Park infrastructure.
Many of the boardwalk sections within the park have warranted constant maintenance over the years as they start to sink and go under water, or need repairs due to their age or vandalism.