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Construction to begin next month on $3.7 million Nelson Park pool

Nelson Park Plans

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Via Hearld&Review

DECATUR — Construction is expected to begin in June on a new water park on the city’s east side as the Decatur Park District moved forward Wednesday with a $3,789,977 bid for a pool, one of the largest portions of the project.

The district’s board of commissioners voted 5-0 to accept the bid from St. Louis-based Westport Pools. The project remains on schedule to open in 2019, said Larry Livergood, managing partner of Architectural Expressions, a Forsyth architectural firm consulting on the project.

(The pool is) a big step. It really is getting the project underway.

When Westport begins work at the pool site, it will build the aquatics facility’s 25-yard lap pool and 7,800-square-foot leisure pool, Livergood said. The price for the bid contained both the base bid cost and the cost of an alternate bid that would add two additional lanes to the pool’s proposed six, he said.

Commissioner Stacey Young, who attended the meeting by phone, asked why the alternate bid for the extra lanes wasn’t voted on separately from the base bid. District Attorney Ed Flynn said voting on the bids together was the most feasible method.