Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Ground-breaking set at SunWest Park in Aripeka

The SunWest Park project in Aripeka is set to break ground this week.

Pasco Commission Chairman Jack Mariano and other county officials are expected to attend a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday to mark the start of construction for the $4.5 million project. The event is set for 8:30 a.m.

The park will feature a lake-front beach, 40 beach volleyball courts, a snack bar, walking trails, 500 parking spaces and a wakeboard device to pull riders through the water. Long-term, county officials envision volleyball and wakeboarding competitions there.

The project was nearly delayed two to three months when a contractor's bid for the work came in more than $2 million over budget last month.

County officials averted the delay when another developer, Gary Grubbs, offered his services free of charge. Grubbs has volunteered to grade areas around the park, including near the lake to create the beach, which could save the county about $1 million in construction costs.

While Grubbs is grading the land, officials plan to bid out the project's remaining portions. It's hoped they can entice enough bidders to drive down the project's costs to meet its budget.

It's still not known, however, when the park will open.

Mariano said he was hoping the park would open by Memorial Day weekend, but said it might not be ready until the July 4 weekend.

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