As the Bacon Aquatics Center and Gillette Park construction project inches to completion during this current spell of nasty winter weather producing frigid temperatures and frequent snowfalls, two hardy men completed the Aquatic Center's water slides recently.
Remarkably, the two men who completed the water slides project came to Cherokee from just finishing a similar job in Jamaica, where, company officials said, the temperatures were in the 80s with daily bright sunshine.
According to John Cook, the Cherokee attorney who, along with retired Dr. Robert Martin, co-chaired the local committee and spearheaded the successful fund-drive that brought the Aquatics Center project to fruition, the two-man Splashtacular crew went above and beyond the call of duty to complete the slides and keep the complex project running ahead of schedule.
With one man working on the inside of the slides and tubes, and the other on the outside, the crew fastened hundreds of bolts and other fastners to secure the slides and joints to the framing. And, although there was supplemental heat piped into the tubing, the men would be forced at times to jump in their vehicle, or inch next to the heater in the tubular slide to thaw out their "frozen" fingers.
The Chronicle Times contacted both Grundman-Hicks, which subbed out the water slides project, and Splashtacular, the subcontractor for the job, and neither knew the two men's names. In explaining, a spokesman for Splashtacular, said they have many similar jobs going on across the country and have several crews from various locales and could not identify the two courageous workers in Cherokee.
More hardy workers also poured the footings for the Centennial Shelter at the west end of Gillette Park that Friday. The footings were then covered and heated until the concrete set a few days later.
All in all, the project remains ahead of schedule since it began, according to Cook, and it's the great work ethic of the contractors and subcontractors working in all weather conditions keeping it that way.