American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Sand Pine Park Project
Contact Information:
Teresa McClurg, Community Improvement Administrator
201 West Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, Florida  33432
Phone: 561-393-7758
Email: tmcclurg@ci.boca-raton.fl.us


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appropriated Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) through the Department of Housing and Urban Development to state and local governments to carry out, on an expedited basis, eligible activities under the CDBG program to stimulate the economy.  The City of Boca Raton was allocated $129,352 in CDBG-R funds and is using the funds to expand planned improvements to Sand Pine Park, located in the New Pines neighborhood.

The New Pines neighborhood is a CDBG target area.  In accordance with City goal setting priorities and the needs and priorities established in the 2005/06-2009/10 Five Year Consolidated Plan, a New Pines Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement activity was included as a CDBG activity in the 2007-08 Annual Consolidated Action Plan, including improvements to Sand Pine Park, the southern anchor for the neighborhood.  The park improvements include installation of a fitness trail with equipment stations, pavilion and rest room renovations, court renovations, irrigation and drainage improvements, and installation of water fountains and misting equipment.

The CDBG-R funds will to be used in combination with entitlement CDBG funds and other City funds to install artificial turf on the two soccer fields in the park.  This turf will save water, reduce maintenance costs and make the field available to the public year-round because the need for re-sodding is eliminated.

The Sand Pine Park project is eligible under Community Development Block Grant regulations and meets the national objective of benefitting low and moderate income persons.  It also addresses the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the following manner:

  • Assisting those impacted by the recession (the companies who will perform the work),
  • Preserving construction jobs by providing work for the employees of the aforementioned companies,
  • Investing in environmental protection (replacing soccer field sod with artificial turf will save an estimated 6.1 million gallons of water annually).

The scope of improvements for Sand Pine Park, a CDBG Target Area neighborhood park, includes installation of a fitness trail around the perimeter of the park with equipment stations which will include a cluster of equipment that will be ADA accessible, pavilion and restroom renovations, court renovations, landscaping, irrigation and drainage improvements, installation of picnic benches and tables, water fountains, misting equipment to cool park users, and the installation of soccer field artificial turf.

Contract Award by City Council: $1,489,597 on July 28, 2009
Notice to Proceed: November 13, 2009
Funding Sources: $413,300 CDBG, $116,452 CDBG-R and $959,845 Local
Projected Completion Date: June 2010
ARRA Goals:
1> Preserving and creating jobs and promoting economic recovery and assisting those most impacted by the recession.
                        2> Investing in environmental projection.

April 2010
Several change orders to the contract were approved pertaining to the relocation of mature oak trees to other locations in the park and related landscaping adjustments and for the addition of new baseball backstop, dugouts and bleachers.  The net increase to the contract for the change orders was $171,715, for a total contract of $1,661,312.  The contract performance period was increased by 30 days and the projected completion date is now July 2010.

August 2010 Project Status

  • The project is fully constructed and all project closeout activities have been completed.

July 2010 Project Status

  • Percent of Construction Completed: As of June 30, 2010, construction was substantially complete.  Final inspections and review of project warranties and as-built drawings are in-process.  The projected closeout date for the project is July 31, 2010.
  • Construction Activities Completed: Clearing and grubbing; earthwork; water distribution; stabilized truck routes; installation of header-curbs; installation of field membranes for the east and west playing fields; installation of drainage systems and gravel base for both playing fields; laser-leveling of gravel base for both playing fields; installation of synthetic turf on both playing fields; compaction and engineering tests for both playing fields; field striping; installation of foundations for exercise equipment, dugout structures, shade structures, water misters and water fountains; installation of sidewalks; irrigation for landscaping; irrigation systems for both playing fields; final grading of open spaces; installation of landscaping and sod; installation of exercise equipment stations, shade structures, dugout structures, backstop fencing, picnic tables, misting equipment, water fountains, picnic tables, benches, bike rack and trash receptacles; removal of temporary security fencing; site clean up and restoration of temporary access road.

June 2010 Project Status

  • Percent of Construction Completed: 95%
  • Construction Activities Completed: Clearing and grubbing, earthwork, water distribution, stabilized truck routes, header-curbs, drainage systems for both the east and west playing fields, gravel base for both playing fields, laser-leveling of gravel base for the east playing field, compaction and engineering tests for the east playing field, foundations for exercise equipment, foundations for dugout structures, landscaping and sod, sidewalks, concrete slab-on-grade for the shade structure, irrigation for landscaping, irrigation systems for the east and west playing fields, and installation of “nailers” for anchorage of play field synthetic turf, laser leveling and contouring of the gravel base for the west playing field,  installation of synthetic turf for the east playing field, installation of "lines" for little league baseball field, concrete foundations for misters and water fountains and installation of exercise equipment.
  • Construction Activities in Progress: NPDES Erosion control, installation of synthetic turf for the west playing field, installation of new backstop fencing for the east playing field, placing and finishing remaining sidewalks, final grading of open spaces, and erection of dugout structures. The following park furnishing were received and stored on site: benches, bike rack, picnic tables, and trash receptacles.

May 2010 Project Status:

  • Percent of Construction Completed: 76%
  • Construction Activities Completed: Clearing and grubbing, earthwork, water distribution, stabilized truck routes, header-curbs, drainage systems for both the east and west playing fields, gravel base for both playing fields, laser-leveling of gravel base for the east playing field, compaction and engineering tests for the east playing field, foundations for exercise equipment, foundations for dugout structures, landscaping and sod, sidewalks, concrete slab-on-grade for the shade structure, irrigation for landscaping, irrigation systems for the east and west playing fields, and installation of “nailers” for anchorage of play field synthetic turf.
  • Construction Activities in Progress: NPDES Erosion control, installation of synthetic turf for the east playing field and rough grading for the west playing field.  The following project equipment and materials were received: exercise equipment, dugout structures, the synthetic turf materials required for both playing fields and crushed rubber infill for the east field.

April 2010 Project Status:

  • Percent of Construction Completed: 33%
  • Construction Activities Completed: Clearing and grubbing, earthwork, water distribution, stabilized truck routes, drainage, landscaping and tree relocation (to preserve the park’s mature oak trees), hardscape, site irrigation and site electric.
  • Construction Activities in Progress: NPDES Erosion control, installation of field drainage, installation of field membrane material, installation of header curb, installation of concrete sidewalks and installation of sod.

March 2010 Project Status:

  • Percent of Construction Completed: 22%
  • Construction Activities Completed: Site electric, site irrigation, stabilized truck route, site drainage, clearing and grubbing, site preparation (earthwork and excavation), water service to the site and tree relocation.
  • Construction Activities in Progress: NPDES Erosion control, installation of concrete sidewalks and installation of new trees.

This project provided a viable business opportunity that is helping keep participating contractors and sub-contractors working until the economic recession eases and the housing market begins to recover in our community.  This is underscored by the fact that 55 contractors attended the pre-bid conference for the Sand Pine Park project, a record high in recent years.  A total of 19 firms submitted bids for the project, while in the past an average of 6-8 contractors typically would have bid on this type of job.  The prime contractor and 7 sub contractors will work on the project.  Two subcontractors are Section 3 businesses and all wages will be paid at prevailing Davis-Bacon wage rates.

In addition to the contracting and employment opportunities that the Sand Pine Park project will provide, the renovated park will assist at-risk youth by providing a wide range of positive recreational activity options in a positive, safe environment.  During challenging economic times, such activities are especially important.

South Florida has been in a water drought situation for the past several years and conservation of our water supply has become an increasingly critical objective. The City actively looks for alternate construction methods and opportunities to use alternative ground covers as ways to conserve water.  Replacing Sand Pine Park soccer field sod with artificial turf will save an estimated 6.1 million gallons of water annually.  Individually, this is a small-scale conservation initiative but the cumulative effect of such initiatives will result in a more sustainable environment.

July 2010
Construction activities were completed on time in accordance with the City’s contract with the project General Contractor, Brang Construction, Inc., and were completed 26 months ahead of City’s ARRA/CDBG-R Grant deadline of September 2012.

A total of 15 FTE construction jobs were created or retained as a result of this project.

June 2010
Two new subcontractors began working on the project, bringing the total number of subcontractors to 13.  The City’s $129,352 CDBG-R Grant, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is 100% expended and drawn.

April 2010
Four new subcontractors began working on the project, bringing the total number of subcontractors to 11.  Two of the new subcontractors are Section 3 businesses, bringing the total number of Section 3 businesses participating in the project to four.