At the June 29, 2016 Parks and Recreational Facilities Advisory Board meeting, Farah Service presented their Urban Sports Equipment (“USE”, formerly known as “EUE”) to the board members. USE is sports-use equipment with stretching and fitness functions, equipped with a digital panel for advertisements and information (Exhibit A). Composed of stainless steel, it has a digital sign and is installed on a durable deck. The USE equipment provides the opportunity for people to engage in various outdoor physical activities for free.
The company offered to have this equipment installed at no cost to the City, and would be responsible for all the required maintenance and replacements. Per Farah Service, the cost of the fixtures and maintenance is offset by advertising on the digital panel. A pilot program proposal would not include advertising in year one.
The Parks and Recreational Facilities Board unanimously motioned to recommend a pilot program of ten units to be dispersed throughout the City, as the Parks and Recreation Department sees fit (Exhibit B).
At the November 9, 2016 City Commission meeting, a referral to the Neighborhoods/Community Affairs Committee (“NCAC”) was made to discuss the placement of USE at different locations throughout the City.
At the March 1, 2017 NCAC meeting, the Committee members directed staff to work with the Procurement Department to identify other vendors that may be able to provide the same equipment/service. Since then, the Parks and Recreation Department worked with the Procurement Department on identifying a scope for Request for Information (“RFI”) for Compact Fitness Equipment Stations.
RFI 2017-216-WG (Exhibit C) was publicly noticed for the purpose of interested parties to submit information on outdoor fitness equipment options, which they deemed would meet the goals of expanding fitness opportunities on rights-of-way, street ends and small public spaces. The option for a display board for advertising and public service announcements was also included for consideration. The City received four submittals in response to the issued RFI.