Elver Park Inclusive Playground: Contract - 2018 Elver Park Inclusive Playground

Last Updated: 10/22/2018

Work is underway on the contract to replace the playground at Elver Park!

Elver 10.22.2018
Elver Park on 10.22.2018

Contractor Madison Commercial Landscapes Inc has completed installation of the majority of the new equipment, gravel base and concrete path 'surround' which will serve as edge restraint for the poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing (to be installed by Bluemels Landscaping the week of October 22nd!).  Following lay-down of the poured-in-place rubber, new asphalt path and installation of a few additional pieces of equipment, the playground will be opened and available for use.  Please watch for the full removal of the orange construction fence - that is the sign that the playground is open and ready for play!

The scope of work at the site includes the installation of all new, inclusive playground equipment, poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing, concrete surround path, and new benches along with associated sitework including improvements to the park's asphalt walking path in that area.  Finish grading, seeding and matting are all anticipated to occur before the close of the contract in November 2018.

Please return to this page for updates on the project or contact Kate Kane, Project Manager, at (608) 261-9671 or kkane@cityofmadison.com.


BACKGROUND:
The first meeting to discuss the playground replacement at Elver Park in 2018 was held on 1/18/18 at the Elver Park Neighborhood Center (1201 McKenna Blvd).  At the session, attendees worked to layout the new playground and associated amenities such as benches and trees as well as discussing other options for this area of the park including relocation of the basketball court and relocation or removal of the path in this area in light of the new sidewalk along McKenna Blvd.  The boards from this component of the discussion are shown, below.

Also at the first meeting, attendees reviewed and discussed proposals from four playground equipment manufacturers and placed sticker votes on their preferred option.  Boards from the session are shown, below.  These boards were posted at the Elver Park Neighborhood Center (1201 McKenna Blvd) so that those unable to attend the first session could view the proposals and add their vote!


A follow-up session was held with the neighborhood in conjunction with the Elver Park Neighborhood Center's Black History Month Celebration on 2/22.

Parks staff worked with Little Tykes Commercial, the playground equipment manufacturer selected by the attendees at the first meeting, to refine their proposal to further reflect comments and input received via email and telephone call.  The revised proposals were posted for review & vote in EPNC's hallway and Parks presented a draft layout of where the equipment would be placed at the park.  The materials from the second session, can be seen by following the links, below:

Board equipment votes_Elver Feb18
Questions or comments regarding this project can be sent to Kate Kane, project manager, at kkane@cityofmadison.com or (608) 261-9671.