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September 2018

On July 23, Council rejected all bids for Magical Bridge Playground and authorized staff to re-advertise the project for competitive and public bidding. Bids submitted on June, 13 2018 were significantly above the estimated cost. In fact, the City received a single bidder which was indicative of the currently highly competitive boom in construction. Staff worked with SSA Landscape Architects and Magical Bridge Foundation to repackage the bid documents and reduce the base-bid cost of the project. A solicitation for a re-bid of Magical Bridge Playground was publicly advertised on August 1, 2018.

On September 10, Council awarded the contract to the lowest, responsible bidder: Robert A. Bothman Construction of Santa Clara, California

Contractor Bid Corrected Bid

Robert A. Bothman Construction



Gordon N. Ball, Inc.



McGuire and Hester



Engineer’s Estimate: $5,500,000.00

The improvements in Phase 2 include selective demolition, site clearing and grubbing, grading and earthwork, irrigation work, concrete flatwork, walls and curbs, electrical work, asphalt paving, curb ramps and truncated domes, and pavement markings such as crosswalks. Also included are carefully selected play equipment, park signage, fencing and gates, signature Magical Bridge play structures and site furnishings, and highly accessible surfacing specifically poured-in–place rubber and synthetic turf. Additionally, the renovation will feature a new pre-fabricated restroom building and an interactive water feature. If funding allows, the project may also include additional play equipment and shade structure, large plantings, a new sidewalk along Valota Road, and decomposed granite pathways.

Staff anticipates authorizing construction to begin within 60 days of the award of this contract. The westside of the park and a portion of the parking area will necessarily be closed during the renovation and are expected to re-open for public use approximately 300 days from start of construction, weather permitting.

An early November 2018start date is anticipated.

July 2018

In response to questions from the community, the Cityof Redwood Cityand Magical Bridge Foundation teamswould liketo provide astatusupdate on theconstruction of theMagical BridgePlayground at Red Morton Park.

In 2016,the City Council approved a partnership with the Magical Bridge Foundation to build an innovative and inclusive playgroundto open at Red Morton Park.Thank you to the community for your enthusiasm about this excitingproject and it ison tracktocelebrate a grand openingmid-2019!

There are three phases to theproject. Phase 1 was to underground overhead utilities, move a PG&E transformer, and add new parking spaces next to the playground (at the National Guard Armory). The first phase of the project is complete! Recently, the City released an RFP for the construction of Magical Bridge Playground, considered Phase 2.Phase 3 is a subsequent phase that will improve sports field spectator areas such as new bleachers and shaded areas to comfortably watch field activities.

Because of concurrent projects out to bid andhighlycompetitive environment, the City receivedonlyone bid. Thesole bidder waivedall profit, management, and overhead,the cost of subcontractors and materials were well over theengineer’s original project estimate.As a result, the City Councilrejected the bid.With continued assistance from the Magical Bridge Foundation, theCitywill re-bidthe project and expects toannounce a contractor inSeptember. The City and the Magical Bridge Foundation teams will continue to collaborateto ensure this "magical" playground opens soon!

The City does not anticipate too much of a delay to the overall construction timeline and will share more updates as they become available.

May 2018

Phase I of the Magical Bridge Playground Project is completed. Phase 1 included the addition of 58 new parking spaces adjacent to the future playground as well as the undergrounding of utility lines and moving a PG&E transformer.

The construction bid is currently open until June 13th. The selection for the construction firm will be passed on proposed fee and firm’s qualifications. The award of bid will then be recommend to City Council for approval.

April 2018

Phase I of the Magical Bridge Playground Project is nearly complete. Phase I included moving a large PG&E transformer out of the playground area and undergrounding the overhead utility cables, as well as expanding the parking lot adjacent to the future playground. City staff are in final review of the playground construction plans and the construction bid package will be available soon. Construction bid will be open for 30 days and then a selection will be made based on proposed fee and the construction firm’s qualifications. The award of the bid will be recommended to City Council for approval, and then construction can begin. More updates will be provided as they become available.