The City of Apache Junction is excited to announce the beginning of construction on our newest park facility, and first event space in the downtown area: Flatiron Community Park.
One of the components of the Downtown Revitalization Implementation Strategy (DRIS) was creating a public space in the downtown area to attract visitors and residents to the hub of local businesses. This in turn, will attract more businesses and growth for our community. Thanks to a land exchange, and money that was already identified for small future park projects, this vision started to look like a reality.
After multiple public meetings to generate ideas for the potential park, The Parks and Recreation Commission and Mayor and Council approved a master plan that included an open space for downtown events and several potential amenities in a phased approach.
After a comprehensive design period, and soliciting bidders through a public procurement process, City Council directed staff to proceed with the base project AND one of the additional alternates - a splashpad and play area for children and their families. On Tuesday, August 16th, the mayor and council awarded the park construction bid to locally owned Blount Contracting, Inc. Due to an additional contribution by our local sewer district, restrooms have also been added to the first phase of the park. Additional ramadas and sidewalks are part of future phases. The project is scheduled to begin at the end of August and open to the public in early 2017.
Check back frequently to see updates on progress of the new park.
Blount Contracting Inc.
Local Firm Named General Contractor
Blount Contracting, Inc. a family owned and operated company was recently selected as the general contractor for the City's first downtown park. "As residents of the community that we work in, our expectation is to build a high quality project. We want to make sure that the projects that we build endure throughout years so that our families and friends can all benefit from them." Learn more about Blount Contracting Inc.
Apache Junction Flatiron Community Park - Partnerships
The Park the Community Built
This project is financially possible for our community due to a land exchange and the fact that funding comes almost entirely from Parks & Rec Development Fees, Grants, and Partnership services/contributions. The development fees are one-time fees collected on all newly built homes or businesses and can only be saved/used for capital projects. General fund (or tax dollars) were avoided for the construction of this project. Additionally, due to partnerships developed with businesses and other agencies, The City of AJ was able to stretch it's development dollars to more fully address the need for a downtown event/recreational space for citizens and visitors.
Superstition Mountain Community Facilities District (SMCFD)
SMCFD, the Sewer District, recently entered into a partnership with the City to help fund a large portion of the restroom alternate and connection fees. Due to limited funds, the City originally planned to wait for a future phase for this feature; however, due to the partnership with SMCFD, this very necessary amenity will be a part of our park on day one of opening! Learn more about SMCFD.
Salt River Project (SRP)
SRP has partnered on this project in multiple ways. The City has been working closely with SRP to move unsightly overhead powerlines underground. This is one are where the use of SRP Aesthetic funding has benefited the City in clearing the sight-line and allowing for wonderful views of the beautiful desert/mountains that surround our community. Additionally, The City successfully applied for and was awarded a grant from SRP for funds contributing to the splashpad plaza.
Arizona Water Company
Apache Junction Water
Arizona water was critical in redesigning/moving old water lines that originally serviced a vacant/run-down apartment complex in the are that was cleared to make room for the park. Both Arizona Water and Apache Junction Water worked together to move the lines that would service the park at a very small fraction of the cost to the City. Additionally, both have partnered on a neat entry feature at the park, "Think Water". This will be an "outdoor room" designed for park visitors to relax, enjoy nature, and learn about alternative landscape designs that conserve water. We are truly fortunate to have two water service areas in our City that work so well together and FOR the benefit of our community members.
Apache Junction Landfill
Apache Junction Landfill, owned and operated by Republic Services Inc. has helped keep some of the pre-construction site-work costs down by assisting with the import of fill-dirt to the site in order to address grading/storm water management. This would have been a very costly expense for the project and so their willingness to help us and donate the materials and much of the labor was extremely appreciated. Republic Services is no stranger to community involvement. They have been long time supporters of the Lost Dutchman Marathon, neighborhood clean-up events, and most famously sponsoring the annual Fourth of July Fireworks show.