Cleveland's Mosby Park pool makeover behind schedule

Cleveland's Mosby Park pool makeover behind schedule

June 2nd, 2014 by Paul Leach in Local Regional News

A crew erects wooden framing in the dirt and gravel bed of the new Mosby Park pool in Cleveland, Tenn.

Photo by Paul Leach /Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - The Mosby Park pool is undergoing a comprehensive makeover that includes improvements to restrooms and reconstruction of the pool itself. The work, however, is behind schedule.

In a recent meeting, Assistant City Manager Melinda Carroll provided an update on the project -- originally expected to be completed by late April -- to the Cleveland City Council.

"We are staying on it daily," Carroll said. "We had hoped to have it opened over Memorial Day weekend like our other pools."

Project manager PMI has stated the pool rebuild is about 60 percent complete, she said.

The need to replace the 40-year-old pool has been a serious concern for Cleveland's Parks and Recreation Department.

"Tiles were coming loose, presenting a hazard to children," Patti Pettit, the department's director, said recently.

It also was obvious the pool had a severe leak, because it lost 6 to 8 inches of water a day last summer, she said.

While no firm date has been set for the project's completion, mid-June has been given as a loose time frame, Carroll said.

"From January 1 through April 30, weather delays account for an additional 20 days to be added to the construction period from commencement of work," architect Douglas Caywood said in a May 6 report to Cleveland officials.

A revised date of May 27 was given for the project's completion in that report.

Contractor Georgia Gunite now is building frameworks along the perimeter of the pool's dirt and gravel bed, Caywood said in a May 20 update.

Once that is finished, the contractor will begin forming the structure's walls with gunite, a special mixture of concrete and sand used in pool construction, he said.

Carroll said Cherokee Construction is wrapping up remodeling of the pool's restroom and concessions areas.

Those facilities are expected to be ready for operations within a few days, contingent upon coordination with PMI on replacing gates and surrounding sidewalks, Caywood said.

A concrete retaining wall has been built, and a new chain link fence will be installed on the site's northern side to create a new pool deck, he said.

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