Sutton Park phase 1 renovations complete in Palmetto

mvalverde@bradenton.comSeptember 19, 2012 

PALMETTO -- The first phase of renovations at Sutton Park has been completed and officials are now looking into additional enhancements that will feature restrooms, new equipment and fencing along the playground, and sidewalks.

The city is considering adding two new pieces to the playground area, repainting and renovating existing equipment to make them look better, said Jon Moore, a Moore 2 Design architect working on the project. The new pieces will be a swing set and a tire swing.

The initial renovations included a new main pavilion, upgraded electrical and water installations, and the relocation of veteran memorial monuments from an area near the Green Bridge to Sutton Park.

At a Community Redevelopment Agency board meeting earlier this month, Commissioner Tambra Varnadore said she would like to see additional seating close to the park's play area so that parents can be within easy reach of their children.

There will be a total of four new seating areas, including three within the play area, Moore said.

A fence will also be added around the playground on Sixth Street West to prevent children from running into the street.

The fence will not interfere with a sidewalk that will be built on the same street, Moore said.

"If you are a walker or enjoying the park you don't have to go through the fence, only if you want to go into the playground fom the Sixth Street area," he said.

Palmetto officials will be asked on Monday to decide on new park conceptual plans, said Moore. Once the conceptual plans are approved, a Request for Proposal will be out for contractors to bid on the project. Construction of the restrooms, sidewalk, new pavilions and other amenities -- estimated to cost $1 million -- will likely begin after Sutton Park is rededicated to veterans in November, Moore said.

On Tuesday there were white and orange barricades, stacks of bricks and piles of dirt along Fifth Street West between Ninth and 10th avenues as the city continues its Fifth Street West revitalization project.

The low-impact development project is designed to turn the area into a "green street" where the landscape and pervious pavement will help filter and reduce storm water runoff.

The stormwater inflitration basin which will allow stormwater to go beneath pavers instead of the streets is mostly complete, said Bob Gause, a CRA representative overseeing the


Base work for Fifth Street's road will begin next week and paving will start the week after, said Gause. The revitalization also includes the creation of public parking spaces to help free up parking on nearby main streets.

The project is about a month behind due to heavy rainfall and the unexpected discovery of some utilities underground, said Gause. The project will also come under budget. The total cost will be approximately $1.5 million to $1.6 million, a couple of hundreds of thousand dollars below the anticipated costs, he said. Substantial completion of lighting and road work is estimated by mid-October.

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