Pasco plans to buy equipment for a new spray park without going out for bid.
The city council discussed at its Monday workshop waiving the bidding requirements so it can spend $93,089 on equipment for a spray park at Kurtzman Park.
City Manager Gary Crutchfield recommended buying the equipment from Vortex Aquatic Structures International of Quebec, Canada, because it also equipped the spray park at the Memorial Park pool.
Using the same company would allow the city to switch out toys between the two parks without any cost, Crutchfield said. "Otherwise, you're stuck with the same stuff at the same park forever," Crutchfield said. "You can move it around so kids can use something different for a while."
State law allows the city to use a sole source vendor as long as it has approval from the council and keeps a record of the reason it needs to do so, Crutchfield said.
He said another reason is having one company to deal with is less costly than two.
Councilman Al Yenney said that there are benefits to using the same company on multiple parks.
"I like the idea of moving toys around, that will keep the kids from being bored," he said.
The city will have to first demolish the pool at Kurtzman Park in east Pasco before building the spray park. The city closed the pools at Kurtzman and Richardson parks in 2012 after determining that repairing them would be too expensive.
Crutchfield said the city hopes to have demolition work started on the pool by December. The new spray park is expected to be ready for a May 1 opening.
The spray park is expected to stay open until at least Oct. 1, Crutchfield said. That's another advantage over pools, which open in early June and close in late August, he said.
"We'd be open to keep it open as long as the weather is good," he said.
The city is not planning to charge a fee to use the Kurtzman spray park.
There's no plan to build a spray park to replace the Richardson pool. Instead, the next spray park is expected to go in a park in the growing Road 68 area, though he didn't know when.
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