Willow Park RFP

New Playground For Willow Park

Request for Proposal

This Request for Proposals (RFP) invites responses from qualified, experienced design consultants/contactors to develop, and subsequently build, a new playground and Fitness Trail that meets and/or exceeds all Federal, CPSC, ASTM, and IPEMA guidelines to include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally, the design should incorporate to the extent possible Universally Accessible (UA) Playground principles. The new playground will replace the existing large and small wooden play structures in Willow Park. The new Fitness Trail will provide a new additional outdoor recreation resource at Willow Park.

Download the RFP (CLICK HERE)


Issue Date: Friday, January 21, 2022
Site Visit Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 1:30 pm.
Download the Site PRE BID Visit Summary (CLICK HERE)
Questions Due: Friday, February 11, 2022 no later than 3:30 pm (all questions are answered below)
Submittals Due: Monday, February 28, 2022, no later than 2:00 pm

If you have questions regarding the RFP, contact Paul Dansereau (info below). Responses to all questions will be answered on this page. Questions are due by February 11, 2022.

Paul T. Dansereau
Director of Facilities
Town of Bennington
PO Box 469
205 South Street
Bennington, Vermont, 05201
(802) 442-1037

Questions and Answers

Question: We are hoping to attend the Pre-Bid meeting scheduled for this Friday but we may not be able to make it due to the snow storm that’s rolling in later this week. I wanted to check in with you and see if this is a mandatory pre-bid meeting or if it’s optional?

Answer: The pre-bid conference is optional and it is understandable given the weather forecast if you are unable to make the conference. View the Pre-Bid Conference Memorandum

Question: Could you share the location for the exercise equipment? Are you looking for an accessible pathway to the exercise equipment as well or is there something already in place?

Answer: There are currently existing paved walking paths in Willow Park that may be incorporated in to the Fitness Trail Design. A specific location for the Fitness Trail has not been identified at this time. Design proposals should ensure accessible pathways to the exercise stations.

Question: Do you have a survey with dimensions to share of the playground site and fitness trail? Perhaps you have the old Leathers & Associated drawing from the original community build that you can share for the playground layout?

Answer: Unfortunately the Town of Bennington does not have a survey with dimensions of the existing playground site and proposed fitness trail. The Town of Bennington also does not have a copy available of the original drawings for the existing playground.

Question: Some more clarification on the surfacing, you call out “approved, durable, all weather fall protection surface”. Is engineered wood fiber an acceptable surface or are you looking for a unitary type surfacing such as pour-in-place rubber or turf?
Answer: The Town of Bennington prefers a unitary type surfacing such as pour-in-place rubber and/or tile type surfacing.