Arlington splash pad won’t be done this year after all

Construction could start this summer on the long-awaited feature at the newly revamped Haller Park.

ARLINGTON — Work could start early next month on a splash pad at Haller Park, after several years of planning and fundraising.

It won’t be finished as soon as the city originally expected. Officials in May announced a delay in construction.

The new spray park isn’t expected to open until spring or summer of 2019.

The goal had been to open the spray park this summer, but the city’s first request for bids from contractors brought in only one offer. The bid came in at $1.3 million.

It was $500,000 more than the anticipated budget: The engineer’s estimate for construction is $760,000.

Contractors said the project didn’t fit in their schedule this summer but they’d be interested if the timeline were extended, Public Works Director Jim Kelly said in a news release.

The city recently sought new bids, pushing the completion date back to the end of next March. The lowest offer this time came in at $769,696, said Sarah Lopez, a city project manager.

The City Council is set to vote on it July 2.

The plan to build a play area with water features at the revamped riverfront park has received a lot of community support. The project landed large grants from the Stillaguamish Indian Tribe and the state, along with tens of thousands of dollars in donations gathered by the local Rotary Club. The grants and donations total more than $1 million.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com.

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