New concession stand coming to Harlan and Hazel Rogers complex

A new concession stand will debut at the north end of Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex next summer.

The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday hired Woodruff Construction, of Fort Dodge, to build it at a cost of $230,000.

The new stand will be a concrete building with a slightly sloped roof, according to Lori Branderhorst, the city’s director of parks, recreation and forestry.

She told the council Monday that it will be a “pretty maintenance-free, sustainable building.”

She added that the city had to get “clearance” from the Federal Aviation Administration for the new building because the sports complex is near Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

The council had three construction options, including a building with metal siding. The metal-sided building would have cost about $216,000.

“We don’t want to go the cheap way,” Councilman Kim Alstott said. “I want Fort Dodge to have a good image.”

He said the concession stand will be seen by lots of people every year, including many from out of town.

The new building is to be done by July 1, 2019. It will replace a concession stand that was demolished this year.

Other bidders for the project included Jensen Builders Ltd., of Fort Dodge, $235,000; and The Samuels Group Inc., Des Moines, $375,000.

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