The next to oldest play equipment at the city pool will be replaced in a project that was approved by the Great Bend City Council Tuesday night.
The “drop slide” at the south end of the pool will be replaced with a larger, more elaborate feature that will cost an estimated $149,000.
That was actually more than was originally budgeted, because the equipment used in the project came in at more than was originally estimated.
Though the new slide itself is less expensive than was budgeted, City Administrator Howard Partington reported, the water pumps, concrete and other parts of the project will cost more than was originally estimated, increasing the cost about $14,000 over what was budgeted.
That money can be taken out of the contingencies fund, it was explained.
The current slide, which does not include a running water feature, is in need of replacement for safety reasons, it was noted.
The original large slide, with its water entry, and the slides that are part of the large feature at the north end of the pool, will continue in use, as well.
This project will add to the recreational features of the facility.
Continental Pools of Gardner was the only firm that entered a bid.
However, Water’s Edge Aquatic Design — the firm responsible for the spray park — reported to city officials that it is familiar with the firm and that Continental is qualified to do the project.
The council met on Tuesday night this week, due to the New Year’s holiday.