Long overdue, park nears completion | TheUnion.com

Long overdue, park nears completion

Grass Valley’s Mautino Park is nearing completion despite delays, vandalism, and construction issues. And city officials said the project is still not costing more than anticipated.

Some residents. including Mayor Patti Ingram, have expressed concern about the inadequate landscaping for the park’s playing fields.

But city staff members Rudi Golnik and Sandy Jacobson have both assured residents that while the grass of the playing field may look unfinished, agreements with the city’s contracted company guarantee satisfaction.

The contractor, Westcon Construction Corporation, has not denied responsibility for problems they have faced with the landscaping, said Golnik, public works director.

We have “neither accepted nor rejected the landscaping at this time,” said Jacobson, who is the city’s recreation and facilities manager. The fence, which was vandalized in early August, is also the responsibility of the contractors since it is up to them to secure the site.

The $1.1 million project, which was supposed to be finished before this summer and then promised again to be completed in September, is now due to be ready by late November. The park is 80 percent complete, Golnik said, and all that needs to be done now is grading and seeding the entrance area, road improvements and utility work.

Jacobson also said that even after the park is finished, Westcon will still be responsible for a maintenance period lasting six months.

The park has been known to residents as Mulcahy Field since 1968. It was originally named for the family who sold the land to the city. In 2002, the field was designated a new city park to include a full-size soccer field, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, a playground, and parking. It was then named in honor of City Councilwoman DeVere “Dee” Mautino, who is now finishing her last year on the council.

Residents will also soon have the option to make tree and bench donations to support Mautino Park and other park facilities in Grass Valley.

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