3 long-standing structures demolished at Fairfield’s Harbin Park

Pictured is the demolished old barn that stood for decades at Harbin Park. The barn was demolished along with two other buildings as part of a renovation of the Fairfield park. CONTRIBUTED

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Pictured is the demolished old barn that stood for decades at Harbin Park. The barn was demolished along with two other buildings as part of a renovation of the Fairfield park. CONTRIBUTED

Fairfield City Council is expected begin its Capital Improvement Program process next month, and that proposed five-year plan will in part show most of Harbin Park’s future.

Earlier this month three long-standing structures were demolished at Harbin Park — the barn, the ranger station and a storage shed — and the next construction piece is likely to happen early in 2018, said Fairfield Parks and Recreation Director Jim Bell.

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The parks and recreation department will bid out the architecture and engineering planning for a renovation of the overlook at the top of the sledding hill this fall with construction expected in 2018. That also includes a 3-mile perimeter path that circles the park.

“What we’ll do is look for grants for the trail, and we’ll be looking for smaller grants,” said Bell. “But we’ll probably be pushing dirt early next year for the upper area.”

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The cost of the architecture and engineering is expected to be around $30,000, Bell said. The cost of the overlook and perimeter path has not been determined by an engineer’s estimate, but Bell said the overlook could be around $300,000 while the perimeter path could reach $600,000.

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