Town approves $1M contract for downtown park

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Work on the new Bill Johnstone Memorial Park is expected to begin as soon as weather permits.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The long-awaited makeover on the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park in downtown Sackville will get under way this spring.

Town council awarded the $1-million contract for the park redevelopment last week to Myview Construction of Moncton, with preliminary work expected to begin on the project immediately with a ground-breaking anticipated to take place as soon as the spring weather hits.

“We’d like to start as early as possible,” said Todd Cole, director of parks and recreation facilities for the town. “As soon as we can get a machine in there, we’ll be ready to go.”

Andrew Amos, the project manager who was hired to oversee the park redevelopment from start to finish, said he met with the contractor last Wednesday for a start-up meeting and they are now getting to work on applying for the building permit and locating underground services.

“Our goal is to break ground as soon as possible, the big unknown being this weather,” said Amos. “We're going to do everything in our power to have our grand opening on Canada Day.”

Sackville received four tenders for the project, with Myview Construction’s coming in at the lowest price at $1 million (excluding HST). The other tenders, which all came from New Brunswick firms, ranged from $1.169 million to just over $2 million.

“We were quite pleased with the price,” said Amos, who pointed out that sending out the tenders early allowed for plenty of interest and competitive bids.

The park upgrades will include a new splash pad, one of the more anticipated features of the makeover project.

“We're very excited about this project and we're fortunate that our contractor has built many of these splash pads across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia,” said Amos, “so they know what they are doing and their previous clients have been very satisfied with their work.”

Other highlights of the project include: a new bandstand; a new multi-purpose building with public washrooms; a new basketball court; resurfacing of the tennis courts; LED lighting throughout the site; paved walkways; new entrances to highlight the park; a consolidated children’s play area with some new equipment; a base for the water feature/sculpture being created by local artist Peter Manchester; and all-new sodding and landscaping, including lots of new trees that will “create great areas for sitting in the shade.”

The new multi-purpose building will feature space for recreation programs as well as include three public washrooms and will be designed to be energy-efficient with lots of natural light, said Amos.

The bandstand, which will be constructed of hemlock and cedar for long-term durability, will be larger than the existing structure and will be handicapped accessible with plenty of lighting and power for shows and productions. Amos said it will, however, be designed to look like the current bandstand “with similar colours and detailing.”

Organizations: Town council

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Bill Johnstone Memorial Park, Moncton New Brunswick Nova Scotia

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  • Willie Wonka
    March 22, 2014 - 15:31

    I don't believe that there is any policing in the middle of the night here in town that I know of. I think they have to be dispatched from Shediac. Guess all the crooks know that they have a half hour of play time before a squad car comes flying down the TCH. It is so different now relying on Shediac than when we had our own town police.

  • debbie edgett
    March 20, 2014 - 13:24

    You would think with not enough policing in town that the money would be better spent on an extra LOCAL officer. When someone gets seriously hurt in one of these robberys, should we take them to the park? Priorities....