The Journal Gazette
Friday, February 14, 2020 1:00 am

$375,000 for paving at parks given approval

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne parks commissioners on Thursday approved spending $375,000 on paving projects designed to make moving in and around a handful of city properties easier. 

The work affects Johnny Appleseed, Lakeside, Memorial, Salomon Farm and Tillman parks and includes “new asphalt paving, striping, and concrete curb to various parks, parking lots, drives and pathways,” according to a summary presented during a Fort Wayne Parks Board meeting. 

Three firms sought the work, and board members voted to award it to low-bidder T-E Inc., a site design and construction company with offices on Bluffton Road. Brooks Construction bid nearly $478,000 for the work, and Wayne Asphalt bid about $420,000. 

Plans call for construction of two 8-foot paths adjoining existing walkways at Memorial Park. 

“It only adds about 0.13 mile, but it's new space for people to walk around,” Mike Gore, city Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent of Grounds and improvements. 

Crews also will replace a parking lot near tennis courts at Tillman Park. 

Rob Hines, parks department spokesman, said work could be completed by the end of June, though weather and activities in the parks could affect the timeline.

In other business, board members elected officers to one-year terms. They remain the same as last year: President Rick Samek, Vice President Pamela Kelly and Board Secretary Steve McDaniel, who also is director of the parks department.

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