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City Council Approves Design Bid For Local Park

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 258

Some funds were allocated Monday night to a firm looking to redesign Rotary Park in Galesburg.

A competitive bidding process led the Galesburg City Council to approve the costs and design of Maurer-Stutz out of Peoria. Payments totaling nearly $85-thousand will be used to re-engineer the space.

First Ward Alderman Ken Goad tells WGIL he thinks the project is a good thing for Galesburg.

“I’m glad to see that citizens are willing to come up with private money to help the City out for projects that we don’t have the money for,” says Goad.

Funds partially come from an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant the City received earlier this year.

Around $300-thousand was allocated through that program by the state, although grant funds were received only after matching funds were contributed from those local organizations.

Representatives of the Noon and Morning Rotary clubs have previously stated they wished to enhance the park in celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Galesburg.

Goad tells WGIL he hopes the firm begins their work starting Tuesday.

“That is a City of Galesburg Park,” says Goad. “In the beginning, some people thought it was their own neighborhood park, but it’s not, it belongs to everybody in the whole city.”

Included in the design are plans for an ice skating rink, walking paths, and enhanced landscaping.

According to City documents, 14 bids were received during the letting process.

Approval was given unanimously and will allow Maurer-Stutz to begin partnering with plumbing and landscaping firms in the project design.

Renovations to Rotary Park will likely be completed in the spring of 2015.