Susanville has awaited the improvements of Riverside Park for some time. It looks as though that’s about to change. File photo

Riverside Park improvements coming before fall’s end

Susanville has awaited the improvements of Riverside Park for some time. It looks as though that’s about to change.

Susanville’s City Council approved the agreement for construction to the park at its July 31 special meeting authorizing close to $700,000 in improvements through a Community Development Block Grant.

Impact Construction was awarded the bid, and has until October to complete the scope of work.

The contract, signed by mayor Kevin Stafford, gives Impact Construction a contract time of 60 days.

This means they have until Oct. 6 to complete all of the contract’s requirements.

However, if the work is not completed within the timeframe, the contract states Impact shall pay the city, “on demand, as liquidated damages and not as a penalty, the sum of” $1,700 for each day after the expiration date.

The improvement project includes items addressed by the public such as improved lighting to the park.

The park’s lighting will be so that anyone would be able to see across the park.

Its basketball court and soccer filed will include upgraded night lighting for safety and evening recreation.

During stages of public input the city’s staff took in consideration the stipulations of the grant, which were mostly ADA requirements, improvements to the restrooms, the light upgrades and safety toward the electrical.