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September 22, 2014

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Losing bidder drops lawsuit over $11.1 million park contract

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An artists’ rendering of the planned Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. The park will have trails, a 3.5-acre children’s play area, a dog park, picnic grounds with shade structures and water features.

Craig Ranch Regional Park

North Las Vegas Mayor Michael Montandon, right, speaks during the Friday groundbreaking ceremony for Craig Ranch Regional Park.  Councilwomen Shari Buck, center, and Stephanie Smith listen as the mayor speaks. Launch slideshow »

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Wiser Construction, which finished second in bidding for the development of Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas, has dropped its protest in court.

The company sued North Las Vegas claiming the city council wrongly awarded the $11.1 million contract to Hardy Construction.

Hardy possessed the wrong type of contractor’s license to construct a park, Wiser’s attorney, Evan James, said in filing a protest with the city in June.

Wiser dropped its request for an injunction on Aug. 26. A month earlier, District Court Elissa Cadish denied Wiser’s request for a temporary restraining order.

Although James said his argument is still valid, the company dismissed its suit based on the potential remedy.

Construction on the park has already started and could be completed before a lengthy legal battle concludes.

“At the end of the day, we might be successful and still end up with nothing,” James said.

The council awarded the bid on July 15 to Hardy, whose bid was $570,000 less than Wiser’s.

Brenda Fischer, city spokeswoman, said the city was pleased with the outcome and was looking forward to developing the park.

The first phase includes a 4-acre playground, restrooms, a dog park, lighted trails, picnic shelters and a connection to the regional trail system.

The park is located at Craig Road and Commerce Street and is scheduled to open next autumn.

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