Wier Park in West University Place will receive roughly $1 million in upgrades after the West University Place City Council approved a contract for construction.

The overview

Council members voted to approve a contract of just over $876,000 for construction services with Jerdon Enterprises at the city's Jan. 22 meeting, and work is expected to begin around mid-February.

The overall $1 million project included $107,400 in design work and just over $33,000 for city-supervised work, such as painting playground equipment and resurfacing sports courts.

The project's funding came fully from donations raised by the nonprofit Friends of West U Parks, according to a Jan. 24 news release from the city.

The details

Improvements at the park will include:
  • Increasing the park's usable area by 6,500 square feet
  • Installing new fencing and bollard lighting at gate entries
  • Replacing artificial turf
  • Removing decomposed granite and adding new connective pathways and shade structures
  • Expanding play areas, including adding play mounds and a swing
  • Installing a new gate entry and pavers at the entrance from Nottingham Street
  • Adding a gathering area that residents can use for smaller events and picnics
  • Resurfacing and restriping tennis and basketball courts
  • Adding more seating
What else

The work will also include removal of the parking space on Nottingham Street, which officials said would increase open green space in alignment with the city's 2015 Parks and Open Space Master Plan.

What's next

Work is slated to start in mid-February and be completed by May 31, according to the release.