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Derby council to vote on builder contract for new city park

An artist’s drawing shows the planned look of the proposed Madison Avenue Central Park in Derby.
An artist’s drawing shows the planned look of the proposed Madison Avenue Central Park in Derby. Courtesy of city of Derby

The Derby City Council will meet Tuesday and perhaps take the final step toward construction of a new city park.

In 2011, Derby bought 10 acres of land that was owned by St. Mary Catholic Church. If the council votes to authorize a $6.6 million construction contract with National Builders of Wichita, the plot of land will soon hold a splash pad, an accessible playground, two open shelters, a large pavilion and the Venue, an enclosed gathering space.

The park, Madison Avenue Central Park, was designed by Wichita-based WDM Architects and SWT Design of St. Louis.

The motion is expected to pass, Robert Mendoza, director of public works for Derby, said Monday.

“It’s the beginning to the final step of the construction of the property,” he said.

The city plans to use revenue from its Derby Difference Sales Tax, which was approved by voters in 2013, to pay for the park. The half-cent tax, which took affect Jan. 1, will be split between the city’s planned parks, libraries, and fire and rescue departments.

Construction is expected to begin soon and last about 13 months.

The park would also serve to manage the water that flows through it. The property, which is part of the flood plain, would store more water and allow it to soak into the soil, Mendoza said.

The Madison Avenue Central Park is the first of four planned parks. Next on the list is the Warren Riverview Park, which will most likely start construction in 2016, Mendoza said.

“I think our community is thrilled and excited about what’s to come,” he said.

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