Bid Awarded For Yelm Park Splash Pad

By Megan Hansen mhansen@yelmonline.com
Posted 3/28/19

City of Yelm is moving forward with construction on the much-anticipated splash pad and play area at Yelm City Park.City Council Tuesday approved a bid not to exceed $443,000 and authorized the mayor …

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Bid Awarded For Yelm Park Splash Pad

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City of Yelm is moving forward with construction on the much-anticipated splash pad and play area at Yelm City Park.

City Council Tuesday approved a bid not to exceed $443,000 and authorized the mayor to sign a construction contract with W.S. Contractors, LLC out of Buckley.

“It’s exciting to see the final plans coming together in time for summer,” said Mayor JW Foster. “These improvements, along with many others over the last few years have made the park a destination in the heart of our community.”

The goal is to have the project finished in time for Prairie Days, the last weekend in June, said Patrick Hughes, project manager. “It still looks very doable to get done.”

The new splash pad and play area will be located adjacent to the community center. The playground is just over 6,700 square feet and the splash pad is just over 1,700 square feet. There will also be a concrete pavilion that will surround both features.

A conceptual rendering of the splash pad shows it will include many different spray features including jets coming up from the ground, flowing down from different water features as well as some interactive water tunnel-type toys.

Renderings of the playground equipment show multiple climbing toys with slides, swings, a climbing rock and other ground toys.



“I look forward to seeing the park filled with kids in the splash park, teens at the skatepark, and parents at the Yelm Farmers Market,” Foster said. “With these final projects, the park will truly be a place for everybody to enjoy.”

The splash pad is being partially funded by a federal grant and the play area equipment is being funded with a state grant through the Washington Department of Commerce. In total, the city has around $650,000 in grant funding toward the project.

The bid includes everything for the project but the purchase and installation of the playground equipment and the finishing surface materials. The equipment for the splash pad is also being purchased separately.

The city hasn’t finished cost negotiations on the other components of the project, so an overall cost for the entire project isn’t finalized at this time.

While he said he thinks this is a great project, Council member Joe DePinto was the single “nay” vote against approving the contract citing concerns on not knowing the overall cost to the city.

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