MAHOPAC, N.Y. - As Phase 1 work at Airport Park continues, town officials are already gearing up to kick off Phase 2 of the $2.2 million renovation project next spring.

The project will create five soccer/lacrosse fields, a restroom building, playground, pavilion, bleachers and concession stand. In addition, fencing and a parking lot will be installed, hiking paths through the woods will be upgraded and marked, and the park’s driveway will be improved.

“We are in Phase 1 now—heavy earth movement, creating paths, leveling the land and so forth,” said Councilman John Lupinacci. “The second phase is where we [will be] putting in the soil and irrigation for the actual playing fields. With Phase 2, we would keep in line with what we have done with this whole airport property.”

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Lupinacci and Councilwoman Suzi McDonough are the Town Board’s liaisons to the Recreation & Parks Department for the project.

He said the town will retain the services of Insite Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture, which has been the town’s consultant on the project from the start. Insite will prepare the bid packages for Phase 2 and recommend to the Town Board who should be awarded the job(s).

Insite’s projected cost for its Phase 2 prep services are:  Soil testing, $3,200; construction documents, $11,500; bidding, $3,600; construction phase services, $24,000, for a total cost of $42,300

Lupinacci said the town has already budgeted between $40,000 and $45,000 to cover the costs, though Jim Gilchrist, Parks & Recreation director, said the cost could actually be less.

Gilchrist said Phase 1 should be completed around the end of May, which is why the town wants to solicit bids over the winter—officials want to have the contractors signed and ready to go by spring. He noted that the contractors for Phase 2 won’t be from this area, but rather from places such as lower New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Long Island

“What is critical about this is we are going to engineer the soccer fields—test the soils and irrigate the fields (in Phase 2),” Gilchrist said. “There is a lot of work on the front end of it. We have a great subcommittee that we meet with every other week until this project is up and going.”

Before the bids are sent out, Gilchrist said, Insite will conduct soil testing.

“If it’s silty or has clay, we’ll have to add sand and other additives and then the water will be able to drain,” he said. “Insite will also prepare the construction documents—drawings, blueprints, seed and soil mixes.”

Gilchrist said that when Phase 2 gets underway, the town will take on the ancillary projects such as the fencing, the construction of the outbuildings and the playground.

“Those will be done inhouse through our engineering department at the same time the fields are being developed,” he said.