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Tender to be awarded for Ridgeway project

Ridgeway pavilionThe second phase of a complete makeover of Ridge Road will be discussed at town council tonight.

Council will consider the recommendation to approve a $750,000 contract to construct the Ridgeway Village Square which includes a pavilion, splash pad, railroad motif for the Trail, benches and other amenities.

The cost exceeds the budget and only $590,000 is left from the allocations for the Ridge Road reconstruction project, but council gave the go-ahead last September to tender the project estimated at $800,000.

Staff recommends funding the shortfall by deferring construction of a footpath at the Shagbark Bridge in Douglastown and the road component of a watermain replacement project in Ridgeway.

Construction of the splash pad — a $173,000 component — is funded partly by a $75,000 donation from the Ridgeway Community Group which wanted a fountain, but it was deemed too complicated and expensive.

Village square site drawing

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  1. Mike Cloutier | Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Pavilion, benches. landscaping, trees. That’s all you need. Splash pad, chalkboards, giant chess boards, paving stones on the Trail, I can do without. The stupid bumpouts, too. Remove them.

  2. Peter Koutroulakis | Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    The village of Ridgeway will finally have a nice gathering area as a town square.
    Maybe the community group could possibly revisit their water feature component and use the funds on improving another gathering area?
    Does Ridgeway really need a second splash pad?

  3. Mike Walker | Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    What a wonderful opportunity for Ridgeway to have a central focus in the downtown area. A place for bicyclists to meet and greet and neighbours to visit. A tourist destination. I say go for the original plan. We have been waiting years for this project and felt it was destined to failure with four negative councillors in the middle of this.

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