The Gillette City Council voted unanimously last night to move forward with the design and bidding process for the approved new splash pad and inclusive playground at the Energy Sports Complex.
The city approved the contract with North-Dakota based KLJ Engineering in the amount of $192,500 to provide the bid documents and specifications for the project. This will be paid for by the City’s Optional 1% Sales Tax revenue.
“It’s fairly rare that staff is presented with raw land and a dream,” City Administrator Patrick Davidson said, “and that’s kinda what this looks like.”
“It’s really exciting that we are doing more out there,” Mayor Louise Carter-King said.
The inclusive park will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), catering to those individuals with sight, hearing and physical challenges, Davidson explained in response to Councilman Bruce Brown’s concern that the park receive equal attention to that of the splash pad.
Davidson agreed and said that the amenities, like slides, swings and potentially a zipline, will all meet the specifications for those in wheelchairs. The splash pad will also be ADA compliant Davidson added.
The layout and design are yet to be determined, Davidson added, but he anticipated that the drawings will be compete before the project goes out for bidding.