|BG Parks prepares for new aquatic complex, scheduled to open June 1|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 25 January 2013 09:26|
Preparations for the 2013 season at the new aquatic complex at City Park kept the Bowling Green Board of Parks and Recreation busy Tuesday night.
The board was told construction is on schedule for a planned June 1 opening but much still depends on the weather.
Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore told the board most of the walls for the bathhouse are up and plans for the trusses to support the roof have been submitted for review. Once the trusses are in place the building can be closed in and completed.
All of the stainless steel work is complete but no more concrete work will be done until the weather warms. Work on underground piping continues.
The board approved plans for season pass sales. Grigore said the price will not rise but there will be no discount on early pass sales.
Although the new complex is designed to handle up to 750 people a day (more than twice the old capacity), Grigore said initial pass sales will be to residents only. Sales will be open to everyone at a later date.
Based on high usage figures from other communities with new pools, Grigore said she wants to err on the side of caution on initial outside pass sales.
"We should know by early April how construction is coming along and then set dates for pass sales. The question is whether we can truly open by June 1. We want to avoid having to issue refunds," she said.
The name "BG Pool and Water Park" is being sent to city council for approval.
The board also:
• Talked briefly about the campaign for the park levy renewal on the May ballot. A brochure is being prepared and the levy committee will run its campaign in late March and April. Volunteers should contact the recreation department.
• Approved a $500 Recreation Support Program Grant to BG Pee Wee League, the only group to file an application.
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