Completion of the North Side of the Dolores Park improvement project is now expected to be early 2015, a 4 month delay. Jake Gilchrist, manager for the project told us that unforseen problems were discovered during excavation of the foundation for the new maintainance shed. Excessive ground water was uncovered and had to be extracted before the contractor could continue and the soil then had to be reinforced to stabilize the area.
Gilchrist told us that he and the contractor knew about the ground water issue for some time but,”needed to study the problem to find the actual impact on the project.” The construction delay will cost an additional of $2.2 million for a total of $18.3 million budget. The project is funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the additional funds will come from the bonds contingency reserve.
So despite major progress, (see photos) there is still a lot left to do. The entire Dolores Park improvement project is still on target for completion in late 2015, according to a post on the project web-site.