Sykesville has pared its 11-item wish list for Burkett Park to the "four highest priority items."
"We had to pick four to get the project within budget," Town Manager James L. Schumacher said yesterday.
The Town Council awarded the construction contract for its newest park to Biller's Fence Craft of Klee Mill Road. Work in the Norris Avenue park will begin immediately.
The contractor will build a picnic pavilion, a backstop for a ball field, and a 60-by-6-foot pathway to a playground pad.
Mr. Schumacher said he chose items residents need most.
"The pavilion and pathway will be used right away," he said. "Ballplayers cannot play on the field until they have a backstop."
As soon as the playground pad is completed and mulched, the town will apply for grant money from the county to build a tot lot, he said.
The town will match a $3,100 county grant with money from its budget. An $18,600 Planned Open Space grant will pay for the bulk of the $24,800 project.
Biller's Fence Craft bid $16,500 for the job. Architectural fees are $2,685; equipment will add $5,551.
Biller's original bid for the total project was $41,695, slightly higher than the $40,013 bid by Carroll Landscaping, its closest competitor, which bid $17,850 for the four projects.
Future items include a foot bridge and landscaping.