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Long Bridge Park Facilty Construction Postponed to Find Partners

Construction bids came in higher than expected for Aquatics, Health and Fitness facility, according to Arlington County administrators.

Construction bids came in higher than expected for Aquatics, Health and Fitness facility, according to Arlington County administrators. Patch file.
Construction bids came in higher than expected for Aquatics, Health and Fitness facility, according to Arlington County administrators. Patch file.

Construction plans are on hold for the Long Bridge Park Aquatics, Health and Fitness Facility and surrounding park land after construction estimates came over budget, according to Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan.

“I have concluded, in consultation with the County Board, that the gap between our construction budget and the lowest bid is simply too great to bridge at this point," Donnellan said in a release.

Over the next six months, Donnellan and her staff will seek potential partnerships and sponsorships – including naming rights opportunities. 

“We are not asking Arlington County taxpayers for more money to build the Facility," Donnellan said in a statement. "Instead, we will be aggressively pursuing opportunities to partner with the private sector to finish Phase 2 of Long Bridge Park.”

She noted that the United States Olympic Committee is expected, later this month, to identify the short list of cities it will consider to become the U.S. bid for the 2024 Summer Games. The Washington, DC metro area is under consideration and Long Bridge Park is expected to be part of the plan.

Read more of the Arlington County news release.

Hawa Coulibaly June 06, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Great, it's about time they start listening to their constituents!

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