The Hays City Commission on Thursday will discuss possible purchase of a new play feature at Hays Aquatic Park, 300 Main.

The proposed addition offers many features, including two small slides and a large bucket that will occasionally drop water, as well as other water play sprinklers. It would be located in the zero-depth entry pool, replacing a current starburst water sprayer.

The city commission in January spoke in favor of adding new features to the swimming pool, and directed staff to seek proposals with a price cap of $185,000.

There were three proposals received, and staff from the city and Hays Recreation Commission are recommending an “Elevations” water playground from RJR Enterprises, at a cost of $185,000.

That bid is the most expensive of the three, but staff feel this choice would be the “best bang for the buck” because the facility is the most spread out, allowing more children to play, according to a memo from city hall. The warranty on some parts of the structure is also better than the other two proposed playgrounds.

The lowest bid received was in the amount of approximately $176,000.

If the new addition is approved, it would be installed this fall and open for the 2019 swim season, Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty said.

Other agenda items for Thursday’s work session include:

• Outside agency budget requests for the 2019 fiscal year.

• Award of bid for a park within the King’s Gate residential development in the northwest part of Hays. The costs will be paid by the development’s benefit district.

• Commercial insurance renewal for 2018-19.

• An ordinance amending the start date of the community improvement district created to benefit a future Hilton Garden Inn and conference center.