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Approaching the finish line

Monday, May 7, 2007

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Filling up - The pool at the Bacon Aquatic Center and Gillette Park should be full by the end of the month. Photo by Mike Leckband
The finishing touches of the Bacon Aquatic Center and Gillette Park are now taking place. According to John Cook, Co-Chair of the fund-raising committee, "The rough spots are worked out, the main mechanics are largely completed."

There should be water in the pool by May 15 or no later than Memorial Day.

"The Aquatic Center should be opened around Memorial Day weekend, give or take a week." added Cook. Cook explains that there will be a point when on ether side of that holiday weekend that an open house and community time will be held.

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Almost complete - Construction work is almost complete at the Bacon Aquatic Center and Gillette Park. Photo by Mike Leckband
As for the pool itself, Heg Painting will come in to power wash, paint and apply the sealant to the pool. After that work is complete, it should only take a few day for paint and sealant to set up and dry.

The pumphouse is largely complete with all the filters installed except for the pool heaters. "Connecting the pool heaters should only take a day or so," said Cook. All the play equipment for the pool is also installed.

"The bathhouse is nearly complete, it just needs some fixtures," Cook said. "The concession stand is largely ready there is just a little bit of work to do on the ceiling and it will be ready to put things in very, very soon. There are always last little details and changes on a project of this size but construction crews are still operating in the scope of the original quotes."

Work on the Gillette Park is also been going full speed ahead. The trails and sidewalk around the pool and throughout the park will be among the last part of the major construction projects to be completed. Concrete will be poured for the performance area and Centennial Shelter and the trails all at the same time. It should be complete within the next seven to ten days.

Equipment for the playground area of the park will be ordered also in the next seven to ten days and most of the landscaping has been completed around the playground area.

There are 15 memorial park benches provided by RJ Thomas Mfg. that are in place around the park, about half of the benches are already spoken for.

The plan to honor major donors for the Bacon Aquatic Center and Gillette Park by having a donor's wall is nearly complete. The wall has around 322 bricks and there are only three dozen bricks still available for purchase.

The staff at the Aquatic Center has been hired. It will include 35 seasonal lifeguards and Dan Rollison is the Aquatic Center Director. Season passes are now on sale for the Aquatic Center and Cook is expecting a large draw from around the area.

With the one year anniversary of the ground breaking for the Bacon Aquatic Center and Gillette Park approaching next month. The completion of the project should happen before the anniversary hits. "We been very fortunate in not having any negative surprises so far," said Cook.



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