Contractors wade into BG's new pool project PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Saturday, 01 December 2012 08:42
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Construction continues on what will be the lazy river at the new pool site. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Construction of Bowling Green's new aquatic complex at City Park is on schedule, the city's Board of Parks and Recreation was told Tuesday night.
"The stainless steel sides (of the pool) are going up and the footers for the buildings have been poured," Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore reported. "The Department of Health permit is in hand and we are moving forward right on schedule."
The complex is to open June 1. Completion is expected by mid May to allow the pool to be filled with water and give staff time to learn how to operate new equipment. The $3.8 million project is being financed by a bond issue approved by voters early this year.
The old pool, bathhouse and pump house were demolished in September after closing for the season in late August.
"The lazy river part of the project is taking shape, the stone pad for the concrete floor in the new bathhouse is in place," Grigore said.
Harp Construction and Astro Pools are the contractors on the project. Astro has put some of the stainless steel sidewalls for the lazy river in place.
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Work continues on the new pool.
Grigore said city representatives and the contractors have been holding bi-weekly construction meetings.
Based on talks with other communities where similar projects have been completed, Grigore is anticipating increased patronage compared to recent seasons.
The board also briefly discussed a name for the complex. The plans indicate the words "City Pool" over the entrance. Based on the board discussion, that wording is likely to remain.
The board also:
• Learned a marketing campaign in recent months to boost memberships at the Community Center has been fairly successful. However, Grigore expects membership income for 2012 will be slightly less than 2011. It would be the first time membership income has declined.
• Heard the Bowling Green State University Construction Management class has been working on the Kawashima Peace Garden in Simpson Garden Park, pouring concrete and installing fence posts. The class will construct the parts of the tea house in their lab at BGSU and then assemble it on site.
• Learned concrete walks have been installed in Simpson Garden Park in the area of the hillsides due to excessive erosion of the gravels paths.
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