ROCKY HILL, CT — Construction of the new Miracle Field at Elm Ridge Park located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut commenced last week. Construction crews are on presently on the construction site and Lead Estimator, Adam Horton of Turco Golf expects the project to move along and wrap up rather quickly. Project updates will be posted as they are available.
FROM THE HARTFORD COURANT:
"ROCKY HILL — Construction of the much-anticipated ADA Handicap Accessible Ball field Complex — better known as the Miracle Field — at Elm Ridge Park will begin soon.
Turco Golf Inc. of Suffern N.Y., was awarded the construction contract by the town council Monday evening. The project will be funded through an $800,000 state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection grant authorized by the State Bond Commission in 2014.
The new playing field will feature a flat, cushioned and rubberized playing surface. It will be fully accessible to children of all abilities, including sight-impaired and wheelchair-bound, and is designed for multi-sport use.
The awarding of the contract followed two rounds of bidding, which delayed the start of the project.
"We're a little bit behind. We are going to hit the ground running and start as soon as possible,'' Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Zerio said Tuesday. Progress over the next few months will be weather dependent. While ideally the field would be ready for the start of the spring Little League season and Challenger League play, a more realistic schedule is "substantial completion'' by mid-summer and full completion by fall, she said.
The second lowest of nine bidders, Turco Golf is qualified in installing synthetic for special needs athletes, Zerio said. The company currently has field projects underway at South Windsor High School and Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk.
The contract price of $655,870 includes a fencing upgrade, in which black vinyl chain link, similar to that in use at the Elm Ridge dog park, will be used.
The Miracle Field is one of several significant facility upgrades at the park taking shape over the coming months.
The popular basketball courts, shut down in the fall because of their deteriorated condition, will be completely resurfaced and re-equipped. "I want that up and running for the spring and summer. That's a priority. We've gotten a lot of calls,'' Zerio said. In addition, a new, fully handicapped playground will be installed, replacing the existing one."