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Trafford rejects higher than expected playground renovation bids

Joe Napsha
| Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:21 a.m

Youngsters wanting to play in a renovated Fairmont Park playground in Trafford may have to wait until spring after four bids to revamp the site were rejected because they were higher than anticipated.

Council on Tuesday unanimously rejected the bids to grade the site, install a concrete pad for a new pavilion and sidewalk, erect basketball backboards and fencing, create a stone path and a wheelchair ramp. John Zottola Landscaping Inc. of Penn Hills submitted the low bid of $74,980, while Supancic Excavating Inc. of Claridge submitted the highest bid at $96,530.

The Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission, which is overseeing the project, received an estimate from Morris Knowles & Associates, a Delmont consulting and engineering firm, saying it would cost about $51,700 to prepare the site for rebuilding the playground, said Linda Bires, executive director of the recreation commission.

“We had hoped to start in the fall. It was kind of disappointing,” Bires said.

The commission has amassed $122,900 for the project, $97,055 of which came from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnership Program. It also received money from the borough of Trafford, the Trafford Recreation Board and local contributors.

Council did approve an $8,300 bill for Morris Knowles & Associates for designing the plans for the playground.

The commission plans to re-advertise for bids in December, then open the bids in January, Bires said. The commission hopes contractors will submit lower bids when less work is available, Bires said.

“The point is to get the full benefit of the renovation project,” Bires said.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

Corrections: Sept. 11, 2017

This story was modified to correct the name of the state department in charge of the Community Conservation Partnership Program and the spelling of Supancic Excavating.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, or via Twitter .

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