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Work on Fowler Park could begin in summer
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Forsyth County News
Work on Fowler Park could begin this summer after Forsyth County commissioners awarded the construction bid Tuesday.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to move forward with building the park, which is scheduled to open in 2011, at Hwy. 9 and Castleberry Road in south Forsyth.

The $12 million contract with Hardin Construction covers sidewalks, sports fields, tennis courts, walking trails, playgrounds, concession stands, restrooms and an administration building.

The project will be funded through the parks and recreation bond, as well as $1 million from impact fees, or money collected through building permit fees.

Work is set to start sometime in late July or August, according to Donna Kukarola, the county’s purchasing director.

The price tag does not cover the cost of a proposed recreation center at the site. Citing economic concerns, the board last month shelved plans to build the center there.

Also on Tuesday, commissioners awarded the contract for field lights at Fowler to Musco Lighting. The bid was $1.2 million.

That measure passed 4-1, with Commissioner Jim Boff opposed. Boff wanted to wait in case costs and technology changed before the lights were installed.

Commissioners also approved, by a 5-0 vote, a $60,000 bid for geotechnical services at Fowler. Universal Engineering will test soil and concrete as the project moves forward.

Plans for Fowler also call for a skate park, though that project has not advanced beyond the design stage.