The planned changes for Riverside Park have been through a number of hiccups, but Logansport Parks Administrator Jan Fawley said the upgrades are on track to be completed about mid-May and in time for Memorial Day.
The final step was taken Dec. 1 when the Logansport Board of Works approved a $50,000 change in the contract with Deichman Excavating Company of Logansport.
It’s an increase that on Nov. 29 the Parks Board approved for renovation of the bathrooms at the park, and installation of a different kind of drinking fountain than originally planned — one that’s handicapped accessible.
The Deichman contract will go from its August approval of $477,595 to $527,595, Fawley said.
The extra $50,000 came from the City Council and the Logansport Redevelopment Commission for a shortfall.
“Everything’s all accounted for,” said Fawley. “We’re ready to go.”
Improvements for the park include a fitness court with exercise stations made of concrete and outdoor materials.
There’ll also be a new basketball court and pickleball court.
Much of the park improvements are to be paid through a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The city’s share includes $235,360 from County Economic Development Income Tax and $295,000 from Tax Increment Financing district money for improvements.
Logansport Memorial Hospital is paying $50,000, and the parks general fund will provide $49,900.
Fawley said the reason for the rush on the contract is that Deichman is in the area for removal of the dams along the Eel River.
The firm can remove the tennis courts that will be replaced, and fencing will block that section of the park from use. The rest of the park and the driveway will still be usable.
Fawley doesn’t expect there to be any delays because of material scarcity. The parks department already has the fitness court equipment. Court lights are already on order, and bids besides the excavation were done in July.
The only possible slowdown could be the asphalt and concrete, but she doesn’t expect anything to happen that would affect those materials coming in.
Riverside Park could tie into the river walks that Mayor Chris Martin wants to put in along the Eel and Wabash rivers.
Fawley has said that the removal of the dams may open Riverside up to water recreation, including kayaking.