by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (April 23, 2018) – The Park Board received four bidders for the dog park project, and all four were over budget. Innovation Landscape, Inc., was the lowest bidder, so park district architect Planning Resources, Inc. reviewed each line item of their proposal and made adjustments to bring the project within budget. The Board of Commissioners then unanimously approved and awarded the bid to Innovation Landscape, Inc.
The project is still awaiting permits from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the Village of Lansing. April’s unpredictable weather would have made the project difficult to begin anyway, says Sharon Desjardins, Senior Superintendent of Strategy & Operations.
Visible progress will begin in mid-May, however, as the asphalt work has been ordered and is scheduled. In addition, in May the park district will build a wood fence around the maintenance yard at that location, in order to beautify the site.
Desjardins and park district staff are also working out the details for a dog park sponsorship program that will allow businesses and residents to participate in enhancing the dog park. The park district has already been contacted by one Lansing business and one Lansing resident with requests to financially participate.