Work underway to bring shade to Sebastian Splash Pad while too chilly to use

SEBASTIAN — Work is getting underway to bring a bit of shade to Sebastian’s Splash Pad at Riverview Park while the weather is too cold to draw visitors.

The Sebastian City Council has unanimously approved spending a little more than $20,000 to have two canopies installed at the water attraction. The city had budgeted $50,000 for the project but the lowest bidder that completed the bid documents completely and correctly came in at $20,612.

KorKat, of Georgia, was the winning bidder, beating out 11 other companies after two were disqualified for lack of providing accurate information.

Submitted bids ranged in price from $16,745 to $51,172, though the lowest bidder only bid for one canopy – not the requested two.

Local bidder, Play It Safe LLC of Vero Beach, was not selected as it was higher than KorKat’s bid. Play It Safe’s project would have cost $24,392 – a difference of $3,780.

The approved canopies are expected to be 19 feet wide and 30 feet long, standing 10 feet tall. Each is expected to provide 560 square feet of shaded area for Splash Pad visitors.

Work is expected to take no more than 75 days from start to be completed, according to city records.

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