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Upgrades planned at Tumbleweed Park, museum

August 7th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Upgrades planned at Tumbleweed Park, museum

By Colleen Sparks, Managing Editor


People who like to get their exercise at a popular park or explore Chandler’s history by walking around a museum will discover multimillion-dollar upgrades for their experiences.

The Chandler City Council last month approved a $374,000 contract with Gavin & Barker to design four lighted multi-use fields, a 320-space parking lot and a restroom building at Tumbleweed Park.

The Council is expected to approve the cost for actual construction of those amenities, projected to be about $6.2 million, said Mickey Ohland, city community services planning manager.

Also last month, the City Council approved $135,000 worth of new furniture from Goodman’s Inc. for the new Chandler Museum and remodeled McCullough-Price House.

The museum is closed and construction of a new Chandler Museum is underway, with an expected grand opening in December.

Demand is high for the new lighted fields at Tumbleweed Park on East Germann Road.

“Over the past two years through our budget survey there’s been a lot of request for additional multi-use fields so we’re responding to those requests and needs,” Ohland said.

Tumbleweed already has three lighted fields used mostly for flag football and regular football. The four new fields will take up about 14 acres and will be used primarily for football and soccer, Ohland said.

Tumbleweed is one of the city’s largest parks and home to the Ostrich Festival and Fourth of July festivities.

As part of the new fields project, Pioneer Parkway will be extended for the new parking lot.

Restrooms, sidewalks, street lighting and irrigation will also be added, Ohland said. Tumbleweed Park currently has about 1,100 parking spots.

The project is expected to be done in the spring or summer of 2020.

The City Council also approved a $56,829 contract with SDB to renovate the Tumbleweed Recreation Center lobby to include an additional customer service area, several offices, a feature wall and expanded storage.

The Council previously had awarded more than $600,000 to Weddle Gilmore Architects to design a 10,000-square-foot, single-story building that will link to the 3,300-square-foot McCullough-Price House, near the Chandler Fashion Center.

The furniture from Goodman’s will include chairs for an educational space, tables, staff work stations and other items at the museum and McCullough-Price House, said Jody Crago, Chandler Museum administrator said.

The vast majority of it will be chairs for the public.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “It’s another one of those steps in the process. The process has happened over a number of years. Now that we’re coming to the conclusion of construction, we’re getting to outfit the building. It reminds us how soon it will be open to the public.”

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