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Park Board wraps up bidding for Water Wonderland

DIXON – The Park Board approved its last contract for the Water Wonderland splash pad project, and work is slated to be done by the end of next month.

The board signed off Wednesday on Sterling-based Dravis Landscaping Inc. to do the landscaping work for $86,478 and Dixon-based Anne’s Garden Center to supply the plants, stones and other materials for about $25,000.

The district re-bid the work after initial bids came in earlier this month about $65,000 to $85,000 higher than the estimated $100,000 budget.

The 70-by-70-foot splash pad is being built in Meadows Park near Wooden Wonderland and will have 23 water features, two zones geared toward children 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, landscaping, a pavilion, restrooms and a paved parking lot.

Brown-dyed concrete is being poured at the site, the main construction work should be done by the end of next week, and landscaping is slated to be finished by June 28.

A decorative waterfall is also planned, but it won’t be up and running on opening day, district Executive Director Duane Long said.

The Dixon couple who kicked off the project and donated $200,000 for the splash pad, Tom and Kathi Sherman, are committing $20,000 more for the waterfall.

A grand opening is in the works, but Long said the date is still being worked out.

The project is estimated to total around $550,000, and the district is looking to raise around $30,000 more in community donations.

The district and city are committing $100,000 for the project and have generated $116,700 in donations and pledges for the work, in addition to the $200,000 donation.

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