Point moving on spray park option

Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council continues to plan for next summer by taking steps now to build a spray park at the Harmon Park Pool site.

At Monday’s regular council meeting, Mayor Brian Billings and Councilman Bob Rulen, reported on their discussions with representatives from the Emerald FX company, which designed and installed the spray park in Hurricane and presented Point Pleasant City Council with a proposal for the Harmon Park facility.

The proposal was for more than $300,000 and last month Rulen asked for a meeting with company officials to request a breakdown of the costs, as some of the work could possibly be done by city workers and lower the price. The park will have a river theme.

Rulen said after the meeting with Emerald FX staff, it was decided the next step the city would need to take is getting architectural and engineering drawings of the facility, including bid documents, which are estimated to cost around $27,000.

“We need to do this now if we’re serious about this,” Rulen said.

Of course, finding $27,000 for any project isn’t as easy as asking for it. Also at the meeting was Michael Chirico, field representative for Congressman Evan Jenkins, who suggested getting in touch with the mayor of Barboursville about how that town built its spray park, including discussing any sort of funding options.

Before the council meeting was over, Chirico said the mayor of Barboursville agreed to speak and meet with Billings whenever he’s ready. Billings said he would make that happen as soon as possible.

Rulen also said after meeting with the Emerald FX staff, in addition to the $27,000 for drawings and bid documents, it would cost $78,700 for installation and $55,000 for “mechanicals,” which are items like pumps, plumbing and valves. The city could save on costs by being responsible for demolition services, like taking stainless steel liners off the pool and digging a trench from the pool (which would be filled) to the pump house for the spray park. There would also likely be some sort of concrete work needed which will have to be contracted out for the project as well.

Getting the architectural drawings will also assist in grant applications with Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley helping to find funding resources.

The city will utilize the existing concession and restroom facilities, as well as the pump house at Harmon Park Pool for the spray park, which also saves money.

More on this week’s meeting in an upcoming edition.

Beth Sergent


Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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