Savings, tentative schedule set for Millville park

That Millville park appears to be getting closer to becoming a reality.

Council members on Tuesday, July 23, heard from the Whayland Company and consulting engineering firm George, Miles & Buhr regarding the park — and an estimated $68,000 in savings they have identified through the use of siding on two buildings, bathroom fixtures, lighting and trim choices, and paving options. The total estimated cost is approximately $1.7 million.

These savings are impressive, particularly when you consider that at a June workshop meeting, the savings were thought to be $33,000. Most projects on this level, or, honestly, any level, see estimates move in the other direction as planning escalates.

Millville Town Council Vice President Steve Maneri said that he is hoping to have “shovels in the ground” by September, and early estimates suggested the park would take about nine months to complete. The park will feature maritime-themed play structures, a multi-age Challenge Course, bocce ball and pickleball courts, and a third-mile walking trail.

The next step in the process is to draw up a formal contract with Whayland and have Town Attorney Seth Thompson review it. After that, it should be time to start this fall.

When the Town purchased the 5-acre parcel off Dukes Lane in 2015 for $800,000, many assumed the project would get off to a quicker start — and we’re gussing many within the Town felt the same way. But circumstances are circumstances, and things appear to be a “go” now. We look forward to seeing it.