$83,599 Crete Lions Park landscape bid OK’d

2014FormalDressSaleby Dennis Sullivan
Feb. 22, 2014

The Crete Park District board Wednesday accepted a Plainfield landscaping company’s $83,599 bid to construct the Crete Lions Park near the intersection of Richton Road and Berkshire Place.

Fuerte, which means “strong” in Spanish, submitted the lowest of five bids on the project. The work includes site demolition and preparation of the one-acre site, as well as installation of playground equipment to serve 3- to 12-year-old children.

Joliet-based George’s Landscaping submitted the highest bid — $99,022. Also bidding were Plainfield-based GreenUp Landscape, Inc., The Kenneth Co. of Lemont and Gariup Construction of Gary, Ind. The five bids addressed core work, as well as three additional activities.

Local Lions have committed to paying half of the estimated $150,000 cost of constructing the park, scheduled to begin in April.

Assistant Director Therese Hale said Friday that Crete Park District representatives and Crete Lions Club members are discussing the possibility of using volunteers to reduce construction costs.

New dump truck
In a separate action, park commissioners agreed to pay up to $40,000 for a new dump truck able to plow snow, as well as perform other road maintenance functions.

Gown sale today
Prom dresses and Christening gowns are among the gently-used offerings available at discounted prices from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Willard Wood Center. Sizes available Friday ranged from 0 to Adult 18, Hale said.

The clothing is offered on consignment, with the Park District taking a 10 percent commission on sales. Hale said haggling is possible on some items. Unsold dresses are returned to the owners or donated to Crete-Monee High School’s Princess Project.

Hale said the approach really helps reduce the cost of dressing up for special events.

“As the mother of two girls, it’s a great deal all around.”

In other Park District issues, Director Pat Polzin is preparing the following grant applications:

  • 75,000 from Illinois Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Program for the Crete Lions Club’s half of Crete Lions Park construction costs,
  • $45,000-$50,000 from Illinois Job Corps for summer youth workers,
  • $25,000-$35,000 from National Recreation Park Services for summer camp,
  • $25,000 from National Parks Service to update Crete’s bike trail,
  • Up to $10,000 from ComEd for a meditation path at the proposed Peter Halligan Park at Steger Road and Nicolette Drive and
  • $2,000 from Illinois Association of Park Districts to fund a weekly health-oriented after-school program.

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