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Bids accepted for walking park project in Slatington

Published June 14. 2010 05:00PM

Slatington will soon learn how much the first phase of a project to create a walking park at the site of its former high school will cost.

The borough will accept bids for the Main Street Park Project until 4 p.m. June 24 for the Slatington Memorial Park, located at Second and Main streets.

Borough Manager Stephen Salvesen said the project will create a "passive park" for residents, where a key feature will be a kiosk suitable for wedding photographs, small concerts, and for other civic events.

"We have grant money, which is fueling the project completely, and should have appropriate signage fairly rapidly," Salvesen said. "I would suspect somewhere between 60-90 days for completion."

Dan Stevens, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, and chairman of the borough's Human and Community Services Committee, said the borough previously received $76,225 from Lehigh County, as well as $40,000 from the State Department of Community and Economic Resources.

In addition, Stevens said the borough expects to receive $3,000 from the Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation, and has spent $9,000 for eight benches.

"Future Focus has been working for years with the borough on this project," Stevens said. "We're just happy that people will finally be able to use the site, and that it's coming to fruition."

The first phase of the project will involve site work for parking improvements, landscaping and the addition of sidewalks, stairs and walls, and consists of furnishing all labor, materials, equipment and appurtenances.

That includes erosion and sedimentation controls, clearing and grubbing, demolition of existing sidewalks, stripping and stockpiling topsoil, rough grading of the site, spreading topsoil, seeding, installing a freeze proof yard hydrant and water fountain, parking improvements, and installation of a project sign.

A prebid conference will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Borough Hall, 125 South Walnut Street, Slatington.

Built in 1918, the building fell into disrepair and was razed in 2001.

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