Additions to Kessler Mountain Regional Park
What is this project?
Phase one of the new Kessler Mountain Regional Park, located at 2600 W. Judge Cummings Road, has been completed. The official grand opening and ribbon cutting was held on August 20, 2016. The first phase of construction includes six lighted soccer fields, four lighted baseball fields, two restroom/concession buildings, about 400 parking spaces, and other associated infrastructure including an entry road, water, electric, sewer lines, and a temporary trailhead access to the Kessler Mountain trails. Since Phase 1 construction began, additional opportunities for continued development have come about.
Rotary Club of Fayetteville Playground:
The budget for Phase 1 did not allow for a large playground near the park entry to be included in the original construction contract. Fortunately, the Rotary Club of Fayetteville came forward with a proposal to help fund this addition. Throughout the years, the Rotary Club of Fayetteville has been an engaged supporter of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation and has contributed significantly to a number of facilities that park patrons enjoy throughout the parks system. This year, the Rotary Club's goal was to make an impact on the community by helping to fund this playground at the new 620-acre park. They have pledged to raise $150,000 by the end of the year to contribute toward the playground. As of the middle of July, they had already raised $100,000 of the targeted total.
Although Phase 1 construction originally included a playground and associated parking near the park entry, the initial low bid for construction was over budget due to challenging topography, geology and other site constraints. However, as construction progressed, city staff and the consulting team identified savings through value engineering to bring the project within budget. Due to recognized savings and after observing frequent and increasing use of the Kessler Mountain trails, staff then requested adding the parking area back into the project to accommodate trail users. Additionally, the Fayetteville Rotary Club has committed to raising funds to potentially add the playground in early 2017. This general parking area, as well as ADA parking will be needed to serve the playground at that time. Constructing the parking area under this contract will save up to 25 percent of the cost since the contractor is already on site and mobilized. This change to the original contract will result in 84 additional parking spaces to serve the existing trailhead, the proposed playground, and overflow parking for the sports fields.