Escambia County Awards $273K In Athletic Park Mowing Contracts, Estimates $50K Savings

February 27, 2018

Escambia County has awarded grounds mowing and trimming bids for 16 athletic parks totaling $273,603.50 for the year.

Each park will be mowed and trimmed 40 times during the year.

The Escambia County Parks and Recreation Department assumed some of the mowing and trimming responsibilities for a total of 16 athletic parks, to alleviate the costs of maintenance for athletic associations at county parks.

The county estimates that they will save over $50,000 per year using private contractors versus county staff performing the work. (Click here for the cost savings breakdown.)

The logistics of mowing and trimming during a short playing season, combined with the distances between parks, and the playing schedules make it impossible for one contractor to meet the needs of all the parks in a cost-efficient and responsive manner, so the Parks and Recreation Department divided the 16 parks into six zones, with each zone containing at least two parks of similar size, located within a reasonable distance of each other

Bids were awarded as follows, with an option to renew each for two additional one year terms:

Zone 1: Total Landscape Service, Inc / $29,450

  • Bradberry Park, 4760 Highway 99A, Walnut Hill, 7 acres
  • Ernest Ward, 7650 Highway 97, Walnut Hill, 2 acres
  • Travis Nelson Park, 4525 West Highway 4, Bratt, 40 acres

Zone 2: Rhett James Landscaping, Inc / $63,990

  • Cantonment, 681 Well Line Road, 30 acres
  • Quintette, 2490 Quintette Lane, 18 acres
  • Molino, 2320 Crabtree Church Road, 12 acres

Zone 3: Emerald Coast Grass Company, LLC, $36,172.50

  • Brent, 4711 N. “W” Street Pensacola, 30 acres
  • Raymond Riddle, 1704 N. “W” Street Pensacola, 5 acres
  • Mayfair, 50 S. Garfield Pensacola, 5 acres

Zone 4: Coastal Landscaping and Maintenance, Inc / $36,950

  • Bellview, 2750 Longleaf Avenue Pensacola, 20 acres
  • Lewis Powell 7000 Rolling Hills, Pensacola, 2 acres
  • Myrtle Grove 99 N. 61st Avenue, Pensacola, 17 acres

Zone 5: Big Orange Enterprises, LLC, d/b/a Escape Landscaping and Lawn Care / $54,720

  • Brosnaham Park, 10370 Ashston Brosnaham, Pensacola, 110 acres
  • John R. Jones, 555 E. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, 20 acres

Zone 6: Gulf Coast Environmental Contractors, Inc / $52,320

  • Southwest Complex, 2020 Bauer Road, Pensacola, 217 acres
  • Baars, 13001 Sorrento Road, 8 acres

Pictured: The Travis Nelson Park in Bratt is mowed on Monday. photos, click to enlarge.


7 Responses to “Escambia County Awards $273K In Athletic Park Mowing Contracts, Estimates $50K Savings”

  1. Citizen on February 28th, 2018 5:34 pm

    watch out for the “change orders” –Just say no—hope it works out as planned.

  2. retired on February 27th, 2018 2:29 pm

    sounds like a job for camp 5

  3. DP on February 27th, 2018 2:11 pm

    Could the county also PLEASE have someone replace and clean the lights under the pavilion at Brosnaham Park??? The few lights that are actually working can’t put off any light due to the light covers being caked in dirt and dust.

  4. B Johnson on February 27th, 2018 11:06 am

    Hopefully they will be mindful of sprinkler heads!

  5. William on February 27th, 2018 8:08 am

    >>>Did you transpose the numbers in the contract total in #2?

    No. $63,990

  6. Suz on February 27th, 2018 4:54 am

    Did you transpose the numbers in the contract total in #2?

  7. Ray on February 27th, 2018 2:03 am

    That’s is some cheap grass cutting for sure. If you cut 225 acres for 1,308.00 per week your cutting grass less than $5.80 per acre. I have a 1/2 acre yard. I’ll be glad to pay you $2.90 to cut it but I don’t think you would! Something don’t sound rite here!!!!!!