Harman Awarded as County Approves $4.4M For Park

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NOLAN STOUT Daily News-Record
PUBLICATION: Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA)

SECTION: Harrisonburg

DATE: October 26, 2016
HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County has signed off on $4.4 million worth of work at Albert Long Park.
The Board of Supervisors approved several proposals Wednesday for the first phase of construction at the park, which will be on 64 acres east of Harrisonburg off U.S. 33.Supervisors Pablo Cuevas, Michael Breeden, Bill Kyger, Rick Chandler and Fred Eberly voted to approve the proposals.Discussion of the first phase heated up after Mount Crawford-based Partners Excavating submitted an unsolicited proposal in August for the remaining earth work at the park.No one responded when the county sought competing bids through the end of September.The park is expected to cost $22 million and have four multiuse fields, two baseball and two softball fields, three playgrounds, four open-air shelters, a splash pad, amphitheater, walking trails and an indoor recreation center.The $2.2 million Partners proposal approved Wednesday was one of several bids submitted for the first phase of construction, which includes the multiuse fields, baseball and softball fields, underground electric and all earth and road work.The county also awarded a $688,000 contract for Harman Construction Inc. of Harrisonburg for two buildings — a press box with bathrooms and concession stands for the baseball fields and a separate building with bathrooms for the multiuse fields.Broadway-based Trumbo Electric was awarded a $570,500 contract for the electric work.Musco Sports Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa, was awarded a $410,000 contract for the light posts. Not all of the posts for the park will be constructed until the entire park is built.Premier Field Development of Snohomish, Wash., was awarded a $338,000 contract for the fields.Weaver Irrigation + Landscapes of Harrisonburg was awarded a $139,000 contract for irrigation work.The county hopes to finish phase one by the end of 2017. Work could start early next year. It’s unclear when the entire project would be finished because the remaining elements will be constructed as funding is available.The county also set aside $1 million for relocating gravesites found at the park, rock excavation and sanitary sewer installation.Work was halted in 2015 when crews found four headstones near an old fence at the center of the park. An archaeological crew was called in and identified 38 possible grave sites after removing a foot of topsoil where the markers were found and in two other areas that could contain graves, based on historical records and statements from residents.On Monday, County Attorney Tom Miller said, a Rockingham County Circuit Court judge approved exhuming any remains found at the site. The county plans to create a memorial at the location.
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