Construction starts on Bristol Town Beach Complex additions

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Work has begun on adding several new courts to the Bristol Town Beach Complex.

Crews started digging up the old pavement last Friday, clearing the land for what will be two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a bocce court and an in-line skating rink, which will also serve as an ice skating rink in the winter.

The project is a year-in-the-making, and is the final construction phase for the complex - at least for now.

"There's always something I could find or do to this place," said Walter Burke, Parks and Recreation director.

Providence-based Narragansett Improvement Company was the lowest bidder for the project, which the town solicited applications for in August. However, their price-point of $435,000 was still higher than Mr. Burke's $400,000 budget.

"We did some negotiating back and forth," he said, "and they did come down quite a bit, but not enough."

So Mr. Burke went to Warwick-based Yardworks Inc., which agreed to charge about $384,000 for the project. Adding about $10,000 for the design of the project, the entire cost came in slightly below budget.

The town has been without the basketball courts and skating rink for about two years, Mr. Burke said. And the tennis courts were paved over to allot for the rink over 20 years ago.

Mr. Burke is hopeful that the project will be completed this winter.

"Once the spring rolls in and it's warmer, I'll be painting the courts red, white and blue," he said.

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