Evanston aldermen are scheduled Monday to award a contract to design renovations for Garden Park on the city’s lakefront.
The contract with Evanston-based Teska Associates for landscape design and engineering services totals $74,466.
A memo from Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says the park, on Sheridan Square north of the South Boulevard beach in southeast Evanston, was last renovated in 1990, although the drinking fountain was replaced last year.
The memo says the playground and other furnishings don’t meet current design safety and accessibility standards and that the park is in “general disrepair.”
Last spring city staff met with area residents to get suggestions for improvements to the 1.14-acre park, and Stoneback says those suggestions, along with the 2008 lakefront master plan, were used in developing a scope of work for the project.
Teska Associates received the highest score from a team of city staff reviewers of the proposals three firms submitted for the design project.
The design work is to be funded from this year’s general obligation bonds.
The city has budgetd $500,000 from next year’s GO bonds to implement the renovation project. That’s almost half of the funds set aside for bond-funded parks projects next year.