The New Ulm City Council awarded the construction bids for the Recreation Center Reinvest in New Ulm (RENU) project and assigned the bids to the project construction manager RJM Construction. The Recreation Center improvements are the largest RENU project and include a new pool area with zero-depth entry and water park amenities, new strength and wellness center, new entry and an indoor playground. On June 4, bids for the project were received along with 12 alternative bids. The total project without alternative add-ons came in at $10.753 million. The RENU Oversight Committee on June 9 chose to recommend all but one of the alternative add-on bids. Add-ons include an aquatic ninja course, climbing wall, aquazip line, life flooring in the pool area, lane line storage containers, plastic lockers and benches, evacuator deck drains and telescoping bleachers. City Manager Chris Dalton said there were three other alternates funded through the previous RENU maintenance fund that include bathroom renovations, sprinkler system and HVAC control replacement. This brings the project cost up to $11.567 million.

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