3 contractors bid on East Side Tacoma park improvement project

The City of Tacoma received three bids from contractors interested in a project that would bring a range of improvements to Ray C. Roberts (Tom Schuster) Memorial Park on Tacoma’s East Side.

According to bid documents, the project includes the new construction of concrete pathways, concrete stairs with railings, a flag pole and base, and underground electrical service and system elements. Optional items include new park benches, the planting of an evergreen tree, topsoil and ground cover plantings, and a decorative concrete border curb.

A public works project at the City of Tacoma would bring a range of improvements to Ray C. Roberts (Tom Schuster) Memorial Park on Tacoma's East Side. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

A public works project at the City of Tacoma would bring a range of improvements to Ray C. Roberts (Tom Schuster) Memorial Park on Tacoma’s East Side. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

The project budget is $50,000 to $55,000. Deadlines to submit bids expired at 11 a.m. on Weds., Feb. 19. However, the City of Tacoma extended the bid deadline to 11 a.m. on Mon., March 3.

The three companies that placed bids include Buckley Nursery Company (Sumner, Wash.) — $106,538.00; Green Earthworks, Inc. (Tacoma, Wash.) — $138,541.48; and MAD Construction, LLC (Spanaway, Wash.) — $68,640.00.

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Todd Matthews is editor of the Tacoma Daily Index and recipient of an award for Outstanding Achievement in Media from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for his work covering historic preservation in Tacoma and Pierce County. He has earned four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including first-place honors for his feature article about Seattle’s bike messengerssecond-place honors for his feature article about whistle-blowers in Washington State; third-place honors for his feature article about the University of Washington’s Innocence Project; and third-place honors for his feature interview with Prison Legal News founder Paul Wright. His work has appeared in All About Jazz, City Arts Tacoma, Earshot Jazz, Homeland Security Today, Jazz Steps, Journal of the San Juans, Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace Enterprise, Prison Legal News, Rain Taxi, Real Change, Seattle Business Monthly, Seattle magazine, Tablet, Washington CEO, Washington Law & Politics, and Washington Free Press. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. His journalism is collected online at wahmee.com.