Nederland Veterans Park construction to begin this summer

Published 1:31 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NEDERLAND — A Beaumont-based company is getting ready to dig up the empty lot adjacent to Nederland City Hall to install underground electrical work and begin construction for the much anticipated Nederland Veterans Park.

Nederland City Council awarded the park contract to L&L General Contractors — a Beaumont-based company familiar with a quality reputation in the city through previous work with the Nederland Independent School District — who has promised a 75-day turnaround from start to finish.

Nederland City Manager Chris Duque said the city already has some of the smaller materials needed for construction, so L&L General Contractors’ responsibility will be to buy the rest of the supplies and build the park’s main structures.

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“L&L already has a good reputation in the city because of their history with Nederland ISD, so we’re pleased they bid on this project,” Duque said.

Duque said L&L General Contractors bid within the city’s $124,000 budget, an amount set aside in the special parks budget earlier this year specifically for construction of the new park, and promised a quick turnaround.

“Even though they said 75 days, we’re hoping park construction could start sometime during July — that should account for enough weather days to still have the park completely finished by the end of October,” Duque said.

“Our goal has always been to have it done by late October so that we can open and dedicate the park on Veterans Day, Nov. 11,” he added. “The time line they’ve given us lines up perfectly with that.”

Duque said L&L General Contractors will incorporate later stages into its first round of construction, leaving space for a future statue and installing underground electrical wiring for a visitors’ kiosk that will display the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library’s Veterans History Project — upgrades that will come in the second and third stages of park construction.

For more information about Nederland Veterans Park, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (409) 724-0773.

For more information about the Veterans History Project, call Director of Library Services Victoria Klehn at (409) 722-1255.

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