Fairfield City Council to consider two more Harbin Park redevelopment contracts

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Oct. 9—Fairfield City Council is expected to hire an Indiana company as the general contractor for Phase 1 of the Harbin Park renovation.

The renovation project consists of four phases and is expected to take around four years to complete at a price tag between $4.8 million and $5.2 million. On Tuesday, the council will consider a $576,800 contract, with contingency funding, with Alpha Demolition, of Harrison, Indiana, to head up Phase 1 of the project, which includes a new 100-person ICON pavilion and restroom facility.

Council is also expected on Tuesday to agree to purchase a restroom structure from LB Fosters/CXT Buildings. The contract price is just under $297,000, which includes contingency funding.

The two proposed contracts being considered are just a couple of weeks after City Council OK'd a $220,495 contract to purchase the custom-built ICON pavilion.

These contracts are the continuation of the city's multi-year redevelopment project of the 200-plus-acre Harbin Park, the city's largest park that's been relatively unchanged since it was developed nearly 50 years ago.

"Master planning done by Fairfield Parks and Recreation staff with Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. assistance, led to the development of the current multi-phase plan," said Fairfield Parks and Recreation Director Tiphanie Mays. "(Phase 1) of the project will include a new restroom and a pavilion that will make it possible to host larger private-social gatherings."

Harbin Park's redevelopment has been years in the making, with upgrade discussions happening since 2014. With the help of $700,000 from the state capital funds in 2020, redevelopment work started earlier this year with the construction of the now completed perimeter loop trail. Eight pickleball courts have also been constructed.

The state allocated $150,000 of the capital budget funds for the park's loop trail, and $550,000 was designated to complete the overlook renovations. Phase 1, which could cost nearly $1.5 million, is set to wrap up by June 2022, and Alpha Demolition, if contracted, will start the overlook renovations either later this month or in early November, Mays said.

Planning for Phase 2 is underway, with the concept design of the proposed play area ― considered one of the key components of this phase of the renovation ― already approved by the Parks Board. Additional key components of Phase 2 include a new parking area and medium-sized shelters.

Harbin Park is a regional destination location, offering 200 acres to visitors and residents with several recreational opportunities, Mays said. She said this project is in response to the growing tourism in Butler County, and "will be an effective and coordinated response to the region's needs by attracting regional and national events in partnership with the Butler County Visitor's Bureau."

Amenities at Harbin Park, include the scenic overlook, as well as a sledding hill, picnic shelters, playgrounds, paved bike and hiking paths, mountain bike trails, nature trails, tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, disc golf course, and large natural expanses.

"Economically, the renovations will also benefit our retention and attraction efforts for seeking a quality mix of businesses and residents in an effort to sustain our financial base," Mays said.

The shelter and restroom facility for the overlook renovation project were identified as "key components" to this renovation phase.

"These amenities are needed both for our residents and their enjoyment, but also for competing with similar-sized cities in other states for nationally sponsored events and tourism," Mays said.

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HARBIN PARK RENOVATION

There are four phases of the Harbin Park renovations, which include:

Phase I: Overlook renovation, which includes site demolition and re-grading, and constructing a large pavilion and new restrooms. The construction timeline is now through to mid-2022.

Phase II: Central renovation, which includes constructing a new, expanded play area, improved parking, and medium shelters. Construction is expected to take place through most of 2022.

Phase III: Lower renovation, which includes improvements on the disc golf course, new shelters and restrooms, improvements on the outdoor fitness area and tennis courts. Construction is expected to take place in 2023.

Phase IV: Internal renovation, which includes connecting the internal trail to all areas of the park, an improved park entrance, and wayfinding. Construction is expected to take place in 2024.

SOURCE: city of Fairfield

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