UNION TWP. – The Clermont County Park District publicly advertised bids March 7 for new construction at Shor Park, 4659 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150.
With Cincinnati firm Woolpert, Inc. serving as the architect, project highlights include pavement improvements, a stand-alone picnic shelter and a picnic shelter with restrooms and storage space for park equipment.
Woolpert estimates the cost of the project at $1.2 million.
An all-access playground for Shor Park will be part of a separate bid package, but will be built concurrently with this project.
“This is an exciting step for us,” said Park District Director Chris Clingman. “We’re looking forward to seeing the bids come in and getting to work. Shor Park has been popular with hikers since we dedicated it in 2010 and we’re glad to make it even better for the community.”
Woolpert and the Park District will host a non mandatory pre-bid meeting for prospective contractors at 9 a.m. Friday, March 16, at the Pattison Park Lodge.
The Park District will accept sealed bid packages until 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at which point the Board of Park Commissioners will publicly open and read the bids.
“This is the first big building project we’re doing since we passed the levy (in Nov. 2016),” said Board of Park Commissioners Chairman Bill Stearns. “We finally have the money to take care of projects like this one to enhance the county.
“For far too long, there have been opportunities that have been ignored or neglected because we didn’t have the funds to address them. We’re pleased the voters gave us this opportunity. They will be seeing a lot more improvements coming across the entire Park District.”
Once a bid is selected and approved, construction is scheduled to last 212 days, putting the completion date for the project in late fall.
Building should have a minimal impact on parking at Shor and no effect on existing walking trails or the wetlands restoration area on the 56-acre property.
Shor Park is one of six parks operated by the Clermont County Park District, along with Chilo Lock 34, Hartman Log Cabin, Sycamore, Pattison and the Williamsburg-Batavia Hike/Bike trail. The Park District also operates Crooked Run, Kelley and Wilson Nature Preserves, as well as several greenspaces.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.