Big changes may be coming to Columbian Park

$13,000,000 in improvements may be coming to Columbian Park.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 6:06 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2018 11:05 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — $13,000,000 in improvements may be coming to Columbian Park. The projects will be funded through a series of bonds.

Parks Superintendent Claudine Laufman said the first phase is zoo construction. Several new exhibits will go in, including spider monkeys, penguins and cats.

There will also be a 42-foot carousel with a shelter structure. Moving on to Memorial Island, that part of the park will see parking improvements, a new sea wall, new bridges and a boardwalk.

The stage will have a new ADA ramp and improved seating. Rush Pavilion is getting a new pedestrian entrance, and as we previously reported, a new water slide is going up at Tropicanoe Cove.

Laufman said a master plan for the parks was developed in 2015.

"This bond issue really provides an opportunity for us to complete some of those projects. It is a great opportunity for us to get several things done at once and all those projects will have a tremendous impact on the community and their ability to really use Columbian Park," said Laufman. 

Lafayette Major Tony Rosworski added the community has been wanting improvements for years.

"I've been literally hearing for twenty years about bringing back the carousel," said Roswarski. "I'll hear back from when I was on the city council so we want to bring back that carousel. We think thats a prominent piece of Columbian Park."

The project still has to be signed off on. Final details are expected to be discussed at Wednesday's Lafayette City Council caucus, ahead of next week's meeting.

Here is a summary of estimated projects costs and funding. This is all preliminary.

Memorial Island improvements - $4.163 million

Primate exhibits - $2 million

Cats exhibits - $1.5 million

Penguin exhibits - $1.8 million

Carousel - $1.5 million

Cove-Aqua loop slide - $800,000

Contingencies - $675,000

Allowance for Underwriters Discount/Placement Fee (1.0%) - $127,200

Allowance for Bond Issuance Costs and Contingencies - $154,800

Total Illustrative Project Costs - $12.72 million

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