New Parks proposed for the Summer of 2017

New Parks proposed for the Summer of 2017
New Parks proposed for the Summer of 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 10, 2017 (STL.News) St. Louis County’s Parks and Recreation Department has recently approved RFP # 2017-32-PR. The approved proposal will allow construction to take place on four local parks.  The Division of Procurement is currently accepting bids from contractors, to be received no later than March 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  There will be a mandatory pre-proposal meeting for all potential contractors on March 14, 2017 at 9:00 am.  The meeting will be held at Bee Tree Park, 2701 Finestown Road, St. Louis, MO. 63129.  The last day for questions or comments about the proposed playgrounds will be March 16,2017.  All specifications for the proposal can be viewed at Countyblue.com through the Enter Planroom link.

RFP # 2017-32-PR has allotted $65,000 to build Tot Playground additions to two established parks; Upper Buder Park and Bee Tree Park.  Buder Park was a tract of 140 acres that was gifted to the city of St.Louis in 1917, by Gustavus and Lydia Buder.  In the early 1960’s Highway 44 was built, dividing Buder Park into two separate parks; Upper Buder (101 Larkin Williams Road St.Louis, MO 63088) and Lower Buder (215 Valley Park Road St.Louis, MO 63026.  The new Tot Playground will be built in Upper Buder park and is expected to be a welcome addition to their ‘big kids’ playground.

Bee Tree Park, located at 2701 Finestown Road St.Louis, MO 63129, was established in April 1968 when St.Louis County purchased 199 acres of land from the founder of Southwestern Bell, Eugene Nims.  Bee Tree Park is home to five hiking trails, several picnic sites and shelters, public restrooms and currently one playground.  The park currently has a large beautiful playground well suited to meet the needs of school aged children.  The proposed Tot Playground will provide a safe area for younger children to have a fun day at the park.

The proposal calls for the demolition of the existing playground at Bohrer Park, located at 5705 South Lindbergh St.Louis, MO 63123.  The removal of the existing playground will pave the way for new safer equipment.  The current gravel ground covering benieth the equipment will be replaced by Bonded Rubber, decreasing the risk of injury to children playing.  As well as the new playground, the plans also include a new walkway to be built between the parking lot and the playground.  This proposed plans for the Bohrer Park will cost the St. Louis County an estimated 230,000 dollars.

The final area allotted for new construction under the RFP NO. #2017-32-PR is Lou Fusz Soccer Fields located at 2155 Creve Coeur Mill Road St. Louis, MO 63146.  The proposed plan as budgeted 100,000 dollars to the building of a new playground.  The addition of these four playgrounds will add new recreational attractions at every park proposed in the RFP.

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Contributing Editor: Caley Johnson

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