Pasco council OKs building new park in Linda Loviisa subdivision

Residents of the Linda Loviisa subdivision in Pasco will see a neighborhood park start to form this summer.

The Pasco City Council unanimously on Tuesday approved hiring Big D's Construction of Pasco to complete the project that will cost about $241,000. The money will come from park impact fees paid when nearby homes were developed, said Rick Terway, administrative and community services director.

The five-acre park between Salem and Sacramento drives and Providence and Juneau lanes will include picnic shelters, basketball court, drinking fountain, paved trail and lighting. Playground equipment will be purchased later.

The subdivision is south of Burden Boulevard and includes space for about 685 homes.

The cost is about $60,000 more than the engineer's estimate, Terway said. There were four bidders.

The planting of the lawn and care of the lawn cost about $10,000 more than anticipated. And the cost for installing irrigation also was higher because the price of pipe skyrocketed, he said.

The contractor is required to mow the park three times after the lawn is established, then the city takes over the maintenance.

Also Tuesday:

-- Boy Scout Troop 159 presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance in honor of the troop's 60th anniversary. The troop, created in 1951, is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and is the oldest troop in the Tri-Cities.