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By Sean Ward, Director of Parks & Recreation
Fall is in the air. Leaves turning colors and falling to the ground signify change is coming. That same ground amassing piles of leaves is the start of the new, developing aquatic and community center site. The site’s construction is quickly materializing, becoming a splendid visual locale for a destination that will emerge as the hub for the City of Mayfield Heights. For the last five months, the A.M. Higley Co. has made its base at the Marsol Road site with daily workers excavating and installing stormwater retention structures, sanitary piping, and water and electric lines. The underground work is nearly completed and allows the crew to turn their attention towards the pump pit and surge tanks for the new pool, followed by foundation work for the pool and community center.
Driving by the site, the almost complete service yard adjacent to the aquatic and community center is noticeable. This newly added portion of the Service Department is part of the overall project. The service yard is scheduled to be ready in time for fall leaf collection. To help conceal this area, a buffer was added and will be flanked with trees and a fence to divide the service yard from the aquatic and community center. Currently, the entire site on Marsol Road is being prepped for the winter season, where continued development will be seen in the coming months in preparation for the opening in the summer of 2023.
Learn how the aquatic and community center project began, pictures of its progress, and more here.
Posted on December 7, 2022 at 9:47 AM by Tammy Clines
The action was promised. And action is what is being delivered. Thanks to the easygoing late fall weather, the construction crew has been ramping up activity, trying mightily to get as much done before the real snow begins to fall. Some might say this Herculean effort is a small Yuletide miracle.
Posted on November 18, 2022 at 1:35 PM by Tammy Clines
By: Sean Ward, Director of Parks & Recreation
Halloween is over and done, but the remnant of candy and treats continue to make children grin from ear to ear. In the subsequent months, the holiday season will create many more memories and opportunities to see our children's smiles, which make the dullest of days bright. Brief pockets of time like these create happiness for everyone. One perpetual goal of working in the recreation field is to seek those smiles and grins daily. It is what drives the creation of programming and activities and has influenced various aspects of the new aquatic & community center project. As we started to plan the aquatic and community center, one aspect, in particular, was designed to create those daily smiles and grins coveted by the department; the newly added ADA-approved playground.
The playground layout was meticulously planned along the project's north side and directly facing Marsol Road.
Highlights of the project include:
While the holiday season is fast approaching and many more memories are about to be captured, we hope you take the time to add a smile or a grin to your face as you view the playground layout and imagine what fun your children or grandchildren will have this summer when they get a chance to play on it. Click here for more pictures of the new ADA-approved playground.
Tag(s): Promises, Playground, Aquatic & Community Center Project, ADA-approved
Posted on November 18, 2022 at 10:42 AM by Tammy Clines
By: Sean Ward, Director of Parks & Recreation11.16.22
With a snap of the fingers, the calendar reads mid-November—zero to sixty, like a Fast and Furious movie. Going from zero to sixty on the calendar is one thing. Going zero to sixty on a construction project is another thing entirely.
But just like driving on the freeway (next to the new aquatic center, of course), you don't go from zero to sixty, or seventy for that matter. There is a buildup from the on-ramp, creeping, making your way, merging into traffic, and then maximizing your top speed. The same is true on the construction site. While it seemed that very little was going on, much underground and prep work needed to be done before any structures could be built. All the things are unnoticeable when you walk into a finished building but are necessary for the bones of the project, such as water detention areas, sanitary and storm sewers, and gas, electric, and water lines.
As the pedal nears the floor, the speed ramps up but does not quite get to max speed. That is where the project is currently. The Service yard is nearly complete; the parking lot's curbs and islands are in place; the cinder blocks are going up for the gymnasium; the pool's deep end is dug out, and the building's foundations have begun to be poured.
We are on the verge of getting to top speed. Things are happening at a great pace, and you will start seeing things pop up daily. Excitement is definitely in the air, and you can visibly see progress. Check out the updated pictures HERE.
Tag(s): What's new, Construction Update, Aquatic & Community Center Project