Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. Use the Siloam Springs Public Library address of 205 E. Jefferson for directions.
There will be a short ceremony followed by light refreshments.
The City of Siloam Springs and CARBO Landscape Architecture held two public input meetings Thursday, May 11and Thursday, June 22 regarding the planning of the land around the new library site. Additionally, residents were able to email their feedback that was passed along to the design firm.
This future park, currently being referred to as Medical Springs Park, will have amenities including a splash pad, amphitheater, permanent home for the farmers' market , green space and more.
The City was awarded a Design Excellence Grant up to $300,000 for the design of the park by the Walton Family Foundation in October 2016.
CARBO landscape architectural firm out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the firm awarded the contract for the Design Excellence grant from the Walton Family Foundation. A Request for proposals was published November 2016 and the firm was officially approved by the Siloam Springs Board of Directors Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
On November 21, 2017, plans for the Medical Springs Park Final Design were presented to the Board of Directors. The total estimated cost at this meeting was around $3,400,000. The plans were based on 50% drawings, and the estimated cost did not include the additional costs in design fees, the furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FFE), bike racks, limestone block, or preconstruction fees. These additional costs would have increased the original estimate to $3,660,000.
Milestone placed the work out to bid in March of 2018. On April 12, 2018, bids were opened, and they were able to solidify a price for the park project.