NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City leaders Tuesday approved a contract to build a new park at a cost of more than $882,000, an amount previously seen as above the estimated price tag for the project.

Council members approved a $882,756.25 contract with A-Tech Concrete Company of Edison to construct a park on Welton Street.

Last month the city rejected a slightly higher bid of $897,316.25 from the same company, saying it was above the expected cost for the project.

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At the council meeting, the city approved the lower price.

City administrator Thomas Loughlin said the city had to increase the original amount of money allocated for the project. The latest bid from A-Tech was the lowest bid building the park on Welton Street near Drift Street.

New Brunswick demolished three abandoned home on the tract to provide space for the park. Plans call for playground fixtures, tables, seating, lighting and a area for a garden and rain garden.

The new park would be near the Puerto Rican Action Board on Drift Street and about a block from the Roosevelt Elementary School on Livingston Avenue.

Plans for the park were developed after officials sought input from city residents at two public meetings late last year.

Loughlin said the park could open next summer.