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A rendering of the proposed Fort Mellon Park amphitheater in downtown Sanford.
A rendering of the proposed Fort Mellon Park amphitheater in downtown Sanford. (HHCP)

Sanford has issued a invitation for bids to build Phase 2 of the city's signature Fort Mellon Park.

The park is located on the south shore of Lake Monroe, just east of downtown Sanford. The signature piece of the $1.4 million Phase 2 project will be a permanent, covered stage that city planners are referring to as an amphitheater.

In addition to the stage, the scope of work includes constructing a restroom building, decorative fountain, concrete walks and seat walls. The project also will require utility work, site lighting, landscaping and irrigation.

Bids are due Sept. 19, and the city is expected to announce the winning bidder in mid-to-late September. City leaders hope to have Phase 2 completed in time for Sanford's 2017 July 4th celebration.

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Bid documents are available for IFB 15/16-33 Ft Mellon Phase II through the city's purchasing department.

Architectural plans completed by Orlando-based HHCP show the stage will be about 1,100 square feet, and sit 3 feet above the park's current elevation. The roof would stand 17 feet above the stage.

City planners want the structure to have some basic permanent lighting for evening events. The also want it to be capable of supporting professional lighting and sound rigs for concerts and other performances.

The landscape architect is GAI Consultants' Community Solutions Group of Orlando. Klima Weeks of Altamonte Springs is the civil engineer. 

Phase 1 of the park was completed in 2009. The $5 million project added a splash pad, new playground equipment, new basketball courts and nine picnic pavilions.

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