"We're on time or a little bit ahead of schedule," said Cook. "Grundman-Hicks (general contractor) is doing a fantastic job, Schoon Construction has been doing the digging work and the dirt work is nearly complete."
Cook explains that there is a new drainage ditch and storm sewer that's installed all the way to about 15 feet from North 9th Street. The playground wall is complete and the playground equipment will be purchased and installed at a later date. All the retaining walls will be done this fall except for one. The main tank of the pool should also be done by this fall, according to Cook.
"The Great Lawn is going to be spectacular. The Amphitheater is as large as a symphony. It's going to be perfect for shows, art fairs and car shows," said Cook. "The Amphitheater is being wired with enough power to be comparable to the Spencer Fair, and the centennial shelter should be able to host most any event."
"Swimming events will be a boost to the community. Portable touch pads that keep a swimmer's time and laps will be connected to a scoreboard so audience members can watch from the bleachers. A viewing deck for handicapped patrons will be on top of the pump house with the entrance being on the east side of the park and giving a great view of the action," explained Cook.
"Right now we're just a little over our first goal of $3.6 million. Now, it's time to start our next goal. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done that was not part of the first budget, like trash cans, park benches, playground equipment, deciding if the trail is paved or crushed rock," added Cook.
"The community has given so much already and we know they want to finish it right. We're still going to keep the donor wall program going," Cook said.
Bricks are still available. The price is $1,000 per brick. If you don't have $1,000, that's all right. There's a payment plan, according to Cook. You can pay all at once or set up a plan for $17 a month for the next five years.
If interested in purchasing a brick to go on the wall, you can pick up the form at City Hall, the Parks & Recreation Office, or at the Cook Law Office at 209 W. Willow St.
"This project has been a unique experience of a community coming together," beamed Cook.