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January 18, 2013

Bicentennial Park ‘on budget ... on schedule’

Project should be completed in time for a spring opening

NEW ALBANY — The New Albany Bicentennial Park should open this spring as planned. 

David Duggins, director of Economic Development and Redevelopment for the city, said this week the project is moving forward without a hitch. 

“It’s going great. MAC Construction has done an excellent job,” Duggins said. “They’re on budget, and they’re on schedule.” 

The more than $530,000 park will be located at the corner of Spring and Pearl streets downtown as a way to commemorate the 2013 milestone for New Albany. MAC Construction and Excavating of New Albany submitted the low bid for the project in August, as work began on the park last fall. 

There has been one change order thus far with the project, as officials elected to replace a storm drain near the park area that will hopefully reduce the amount of water that pools in an alley adjacent to the MainSource Bank building. 

Duggins said he will request the New Albany Stormwater Board aid in funding the drain replacement. 

The New Albany City Council approved $312,000 for the park last year, and the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County provided a $225,000 grant for the project. 

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