Core-to-shore within reach with favorable lower park construction bids
Favorable construction bids mean core-to-shore will be a walk in the park.
Wynn Construction Co.'s bid to complete the lower section of downtown's MAPS 3 park is $1.4 million under budget.
That leaves room for enhancements proposed by architects but in doubt for inclusion within the $20.5 million available to spend.
It was the second time in a week for a public building project to draw good bids, reflecting the state of the pandemic-buffeted metro economy and the trades' desire for work.
Last week's low bid on the Willa D. Johnson Recreation Center in northeast Oklahoma City was $11.6 million, $1.2 million under budget.
Set to open in 2022, the lower section of Scissortail Park spans the old Hubcap Alley along Robinson Avenue between Skydance bridge and the Oklahoma River. The 40-acre upper park between the bridge and the central business district opened a year ago.
For the 28-acre lower park, architects included seven "add alternates" in bid documents, including a pavilion at SW 14 and Robinson, nighttime lights for a soccer field, and a walking path through the rustic "hollow."
Landscape architect Mary Margaret Jones of Hargreaves Jones told the city council last month her top priority was to extend the Scissortail Park promenade all the way to SW 15 Street, on the river's north bank.
That would complete a walking, bicycling and skating pathway from the Oklahoma City Boulevard to the river, a central aspect of the "core-to-shore" dream for new amenities and housing, office and commercial development on downtown's blighted south fringe.
Councilman James Cooper and Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon said their top priority based on neighborhood desires was to light the lower park's soccer field and basketball courts. Lighting is "top of mind," Cooper said.
Wynn Construction's $19.1 million base bid leaves room for the city council to buy the promenade extension and field and courts lighting, with $400,000 left over.
That could fund other wish-list items such as shade structures alongside the soccer field and a playground, or the woodland trail. Likely out of the picture is the pavilion at SW 14, a $1.2 million expense.