As part of the Civic Park Master Plan adopted in February 2017, the City of Edmonds has contracted for the demolition of the Civic Park Grandstands for the first part of January.
According to a city announcement Thursday, by the end of the year the city will be installing temporary construction fencing around the work site. The first part of the demolition — to begin on Jan. 2, 2018 — is a no-cost contract for Ballard Re-Use to remove all materials that are worthy of recycling. “We really want to keep as much of this out of the landfill as possible”, said Carrie Hite, the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Director. Ballard Re-Use will remove most of the wood seating elements.
Once removed, they will salvage some for the city’s reuse and will haul away the rest. The City has plans to reuse some of this wood for the restrooms that are part of the master plan, and a possible artistic element. “ We really would like to weave some of the history back into the site, once the site is developed,”, Hite stated.
Beginning Jan. 8, the Ccity expects the contractor, Construction Group International, LLC to be on the site to begin the remaining demolition. There may be temporary disruptions to the alley, the petanque courts and use of the large soccer field, the city said. While taking down the grandstand will only take a few days, the contractor will be onsite for a couple of weeks to remove material and clean up the site.
The low bid for this work, and the contract amount, is $63,442.43. The city said it has built some contingency in the budget “in case there are any unanticipated surprises.”
Once the grandstands are removed, the city’s park maintenance team will restore the area with soil and grass, and install a permanent fence connection until the site is fully developed in a few years.