Construction is well underway on the new Central Park, located on Steese Road.
Construction is well underway on the new Central Park, located on Steese Road. The project began in the fall and will be completed in late June.
Parks Superintendent Mike Elkins said the $5.3 million project is on schedule, under budget and more than 40 percent complete.
Underground utilities have been installed, along with building foundations and the parking lots. The foundation has also been poured for the amphitheater seating.
The unseasonably warm and snow-free months of November and December allowed for a lot of additional work to be done along with paving the parking lots.
Rough grade for the entire park will continue along with the mechanical rough in for the community hall, splash pads and support building.
Elkins also said steel work will be starting soon.
“That's the exciting part,” Elkins said.
Elkins called the Central Park project “complex” and noted he was thrilled with the timeline for completion. Vertical growth is expected to continue with rooftops anticipated to be installed in February.
Work on the community hall is currently behind, but Elkins said other areas of the park are ahead of schedule.
“With every project you are going to find hiccups,” Elkins said. “There is always going to be a slow down during winter and you build that into your schedule.”
Elkins said there are a number of different contractors working on the site and the site itself presented some challenges. In certain areas of the park, the soil had to be stabilized by drilling down and mixing stone with the soil.
“I'm pleased with the progress made,” Elkins said.
The block being used to construct the buildings is unique and Elkins said it is not block that can be purchased off-the-shelf.
“The buildings are unique with some complexity to them,” Elkins said.
During the spring months, lighting, playground equipment, splash pad equipment and landscaping will be installed.
The 8.11-acre park will feature a one-mile walking trail, community building, restroom and concession building, amphitheater, splash pads, playground, farmers' market plaza, a seasonal ice skating rink and three ponds.
Elkins said the park is in a great location because of the proximity to the school and many homes are within walking distance of the park. He said he can imagine children walking over after school to play or children in nearby neighborhoods riding their bikes to the park.
“Parks add value to your community,” Elkins said. “Central Park will become a social gathering place, place to play, relax and enjoy bands.”