Friday, October 18, 2013
After months of designing the new Ashley River Park, the Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Commission has nearly completed the planning stage for the park and heard an estimated cost associated with construction.
According to the probable construction costs developed by park consultant Thomas & Hutton, which designed the conceptual master plan, Phase 1 of the park will cost $1,236,307.50. The estimated total cost is $4,514,037.50.
“We were very conservative with the numbers. This is a worst case scenario estimate,” said Bruce Boysen, the planning and landscape architecture department manager with Thomas & Hutton.
The commission’s goal is to make the park usable as quickly as possible. Phase 1, to open in spring 2014, includes the primary accessibility and security elements: paving roads and trails, adding restrooms, clearing parking spaces, building a guardhouse, adding playgrounds and constructing picnic shelters.
Some of the park’s features – the planned reunion hall, amphitheater, dog park, campground sites and bathhouse – will be constructed in a later phase.
Councilman Jay Byars, who chairs the commission, said Dorchester County Public Works may be able to take on part of the construction, which would lower costs.
The commission’s goal is to open Phase 1 to the public next spring.