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Normandy Oaks Park construction slated to begin soon

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 2, 2019


ROYAL OAK — On March 25, the Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved a bid from Livonia-based Anglin Construction to build a 40-acre park on the site of the former Normandy Oaks Golf Course.

Phase I of the construction project includes a pavilion building with restrooms, a splash pad, a play structure, a sled hill, a nature trail and a soccer field. Anglin’s $2,967,539 bid was the lowest of five bids received by the city.

Anglin will begin mobilizing at the site in mid-April. Work is scheduled to end for the season in December, and all project restoration is set to be completed next May.

In 2014, Royal Oak shuttered the 50-acre golf course and voters approved the sale of 10 acres of the parcel to fund the development of the park. Robertson Brothers Properties purchased the land to develop townhouses and single-family homes.

City Manager Don Johnson said the city received approximately $3.8 million gross on the sale and earmarked $3 million for the park and the rest for improvements at the Royal Oak Golf Course.

“Bids came in a little higher than anticipated, but we’re still within budget,” Department of Public Service and Recreation Director Greg Rassel said. “It will be a very tight budget, but Anglin Construction is very skilled at doing this sort of work.”

The city of Royal Oak and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners recently cemented a $1.1 million contract to help build the park. The three-year deal includes $521,250 for a trail system, $276,320 for a nature area and $213,080 for a pedestrian bridge.

The agreement will allow Oakland County to include its branding on the signage for the features while allowing the city of Royal Oak to retain full ownership and control over the use of the park.

“It has been a long road. It took a year for us to get bids out to sell the property, then almost a year to lock down that contract, and a year to get input and design the park, and now we’re finally ready to move some dirt around and get this park up and running, so yay!” Commissioner Kyle DuBuc said.

During the March 25 meeting, the City Commission also approved improvements to the Royal Oak Golf Course.

The city approved a bid from Novi-based Nagle Paving Co. to do parking lot and maintenance area repairs, as well as the capping and installation of a cart path. The $278,380 bid was the lowest of two bids received by the city.

Normandy Oaks Park is located at 4234 Delemere Blvd., near Normandy and Crooks roads.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.