Hawrelak Park water-play area balloons in cost to $5.1M
Council to decide whether to scrap project, scale it back or approve new costs
The cost of building a water-play area at Hawrelak Park has ballooned to $5.1 million.
Three years ago, council approved construction of a wading pool, splash pad and change rooms adjacent to the lake at a cost of $3.3 million.
But since 2013, the project has undergone significant redesign due to a change in location from the lake edge to an area near the playground, said a city report.
"A combination of scope clarification, utility requirements, environmental reviews and associated design cost have resulted in the $1.8 million shortfall," it said.
On Monday, council will have to decide whether to spend the money, scrap the project or scale it back to just a splash pad.
The city has already spent $800,000 on the project, with construction scheduled to start this year.
Money for the full cost of the park is available in a fund set aside for trail and park renewal, city staff said.