QUINCY -- More than $400,000 of improvements to Quincy parks were approved Wednesday by the Quincy Park Board.
Funding for the projects comes from the district's annual $900,000 capital improvement general obligation bond.
Diamond Construction was awarded a $382,330 contract to resurface the Moorman Park road from the medium shelter house to the dam and from the three-way stop to the dam, the Kesler Park road from the ADA ramp to the restroom and the Lorenzo Bull Park drive.
The project was estimated to cost $425,000.
Quincy Park District Executive Director Rome Frericks said the district requests courtesy estimates each fall to budget for projects the next year.
"With the commodities being where they are today, we got some good prices locked in for this year," Frericks said.
Bids coming in lower than expected allows the district to carry over bond money to subsequent years.
Commissioners also approved the bid of $32,950 to repair and install a color finish on the pickleball and tennis courts. When completed, there will be six pickleball courts, one tennis court and one multipurpose basketball/soccer court. The work was estimated to cost $40,000.
"Staff two years ago made some pickleball courts (in Moorman), but these will have the true lines," Frericks said. "There's no basketball or soccer there right now."
He said that will create more options for activities for children who might be visiting the park with their parents.
The Park Board also approved the low bid of $15,300 from Diamond Construction for tar and chip replacement of the Boots Bush Park parking lot. The lot hasn't been resurfaced since the early 1990s. The work was estimated to cost $35,000.
In other business, the Park Board approved changes to the district's operations and procedures manual, specifically incorporating social media, a security camera and video surveillance, and park facilities and grounds inspections policies.
Don Hilgenbrinck, director of business services, said the social media policy was already in the employee manual, and that other changes were the result of information obtained from the annual Illinois Parks and Recreation Association conference.
Commissioners also approved the low bid of Canton Marine Towing Co. for dredging at Art Keller Marina and Kesler Park boat ramps. The firm will be paid $437.50 an hour with a budget of $30,000.
The board reviewed preliminary informational signs that would be installed in Parker Heights Park detailing the Native American burial mounds.