Peoria’s 3rd community park gets name: Paloma Community Park

It took less than 15 minutes for Peoria City Council to reach a decision on a name for the city’s newest community park planned for construction in north Peoria. With Mesquite District Councilmember Bridget Binsbacher making the motion, the vote was unanimous to name the park Paloma Community Park.

Binsbacher said the Spanish translation of Paloma is dove. She said another translation means peace.

The “Name Our Park” campaign began a year ago, Community Services Director John Sefton said, adding that more than 500 submissions with 649 unique names were received.

The new park is now set for construction east of Dixileta Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway at a total cost for phase I of $40.2 million.

Construction manager Ed Stiffler said trade tariffs were part of the reason for the increased cost.

“Across the board, we got walloped on steel costs,” Stiffler said.

The initial park development encompasses 85 acres that will include tournament-grade baseball and soccer fields, multi-use open turf, a fishing lake, multi-generational inclusive playgrounds and splash pad, group and individual picnic ramadas, a multi-cell dog park, lighted pickle ball courts and supporting park maintenance, restroom and concessions buildings. Several hard and soft surface walking loops are included along with a trailhead for access into the larger New River open space.

The park is projected to open in spring 2020.

Once the park’s name was formally adopted, a contract for an amount not to exceed $34,390,000 for the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction of the park was approved unanimously by council. In addition to the $34.39 million construction agreement, the city agreed to pay additional project expenses totaling $2.89 million.

Once the park is completed, staff estimates the net ongoing operating costs to be approximately $1,333,100; broken down as follows: 1) personal costs totaling $806,000; 2) contractual and commodity costs $736,600; and 3) anticipated revenue offset of $209,500.

The costs include funding for six full-time maintenance staff, a mechanic, two park rangers and seasonal employees (part-time non-benefitted employees).