Henry Bergman Co. of Genoa was the winning bidder for the Pearson North Trail. Bergman was the lowest of the six bids received. Work will begin immediately (scheduled to start tomorrow) and be concluded by November 5.
The trail will be a 1.7 mile loop along Wynn Road and Seaman Road, looping around the Johlin Cabin historical area. There will be six “rest stops” with benches and picnic tables and an elevated trail overlook.
The total project cost is $228,000. A grant from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund will pay for $205,000 of the total and Metroparks will pay for the remainder out of our permanent improvements budget.
Competitive bids were received August 13 for the Pearson Metropark Multi-purpose trail construction.
The scope of work for the project includes earthwork, construction of stone paths and rest areas, wooden deck overlook and trail boardwalk, benches, tables, fine-grading, landscaping, and seeding.
Six contractors submitted bids with Henry W Bergman, Inc., being the apparent lowest and best bid, Metroparks officials said. After signing the contract, the work will begin on August 26 and be completed by November 5.
The work is being paid for from capital improvement funds. An ODNR Clean Ohio Trails Grant will reimburse up to $205,497 of engineering and construction costs and Metroparks is required to provide a 25 percent match. Total project costs are estimated at $251,582.18 which includes bidding/advertising costs of $2,135, engineering costs of $21,400, the contract amount $198,301.90 and a 15 percent contingency fee amounting to $29,745.28.
Pearson among top three
At the Metroparks Board of Commissioners workshop and meeting at Pearson Park Wednesday morning, results from a community survey were released. The surveyors contacted 1,000 Lucas County registered voters by phone in July.
The survey showed Oregon’s Pearson Metropark is the third most visited park in the system. Wildwood is first, Swan Creek second, Side Cut fourth, Oaks fifth, Secor sixth, Farnsworth seventh, and Providence eight. Wildwood, Pearson, Swan Creek, and Side Cut account for 85 percent of visitation, with Wildwood accounting for 42 percent.
The results also displayed a strong minority visitation at Wildwood, Pearson, and Swan Creek, an increased minority use of picnic areas and playgrounds, and that registered voters are more likely to vote “yes” for a Metroparks levy (74 percent versus 62 percent general voters). The survey showed voters would approve a levy because they use the Metroparks, for its benefit to the community (but decreasingly cite that as a reason from previous surveys), and the Metroparks benefits children.
Voters believe the Metroparks are a community asset, improve the quality of life, and benefits the economy.
Metroparks director Donald Rettig said the conclusion of the survey showed a lesser priority for tax dollars invested in active management of natural areas, free public programming, and development of new parks.
Trail related activities is the activity visitors participate in most, while picnicking in second, enjoying the scenery third, use of playgrounds fourth, river and water activities fifth, visiting the Manor House sixth, and attending a program in the system seventh. Trail related activities account for nearly 80 percent of all activities.
As far as improvements people want to see, most said an increase in the number of programs offered. Following that was seeing more rangers and security, build more trails, build more playgrounds, and cleaning up litter, recycling, and cleaning up dog waste. However, in this category 60 percent and 53 percent said “none” or “don’t know.”
In rating the Metroparks’ performance between one and ten, four categories (conserving natural resources, keeping the park safe, providing visitor education, and providing a positive experience for visitors) all averaged between eight and nine with one category, keeping the park clean, getting a rating over nine for the first time in five years.
In a similar category, overall satisfaction was over nine for keeping up the appearance of the buildings and equipment, offering handicap access, and providing a good range of activities all averaging between eight and nine.
Survey results showed the Metroparks rated third among six major organizations in how important the park system is to the quality of life in Lucas County. First is the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, the Toledo Zoo is second, the Toledo Museum of Art and Metroparks were close to being a tie for third, while the Toledo Botanical Garden was fifth and the City of Toledo Parks sixth.
As the primary reason why voters said they would vote for a Metroparks levy, nearly 50 percent said because of their use of the Metroparks, while second was the Metroparks benefit for the community. Third was the system’s benefits for families and children, fourth was “it’s important,” and fifth was because of preservation of the environment.
People see providing high quality picnic areas, playgrounds, and restrooms as the highest priority for their tax dollar at the Metroparks. Other top priorities are, in order, providing a high quality trail system, providing free school outreach, providing ranger presence, actively managing natural areas and controlling invasive species, providing free public programs, and developing new Metroparks.