WAUKESHA — Baseball fans heading to Frame Park this season will find a new spot to relax and watch a game.
Waukesha-based contractor Ford Construction recently wrapped up work on a 207-foot retaining wall at Frame Park, and as part of the project the sidewalk above the wall was widened slightly to include a new seating area where spectators can put lawn chairs.
Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department staff decided to replace the former wall, which holds the grade in place for the adjacent parking lot, after it started failing in several locations, according to a city memo.
Ford Construction was hired in May for the job
and wrapped up work earlier this month. The job was originally designed to resemble the Lannon stone that exists throughout the park, but Ford suggested the department consider using a concrete liner stamped with logos of a baseball and bat instead.
“We worked with Park and Rec and came up with a design. We had a concrete form made for it, and it all came out very nice,” Ford Construction Owner Bob Ford said.
The overall cost of the job was roughly $197,579. It was budgeted for $158,000 but poor soils and bedrock in the area where the wall was constructed required additional work and materials.