A new pool is under construction at South Cleveland Community Center to replace that facility’s 40-year-old pool. The new pool is expected to open by the Fourth of July.
Cleveland Parks and Recreation Director Patti Petitt said this morning the pools will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tinsley Park will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The pool at Mosby Park will open this year on Sunday for the first time. It will be open on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Petitt said she hopes to replace the 40-year-old pool at Mosby Park prior the summer of 2013. Based on the cost of the South Cleveland pool, Petitt estimated the Mosby Park pool should cost about $450,000. She is applying for a $250,000 grant through the Local Parks and Recreation Fund for half the cost; $100,000 through the Community Development Block Grant Program and $150,000 from the city.
By the time pool season arrives in 2013, all pools will meet the Americans With Disabilities Act and will be handicapped-accessible.
“In order to meet new rules from the Department of Justice, we will have to purchase lifts prior to Jan. 31, 2013,” Petitt said.
Along with the new pool, Mosby Park will gain updated restrooms that will also be ADA compliant.
“We are going to bid the job in two ways to see what we can afford,” she said. “We will bid it out to renovate the existing restrooms, and to construct new restroom that will be available to the park.”
Another recreation improvement in the works is the pending purchase of property between Sheperd Field and Benton Pike. The $45,000 purchase price for the property would be paid for with Community Development Block Grant funds. The added land would be used for parking at Shepherd Field.
The Parks and Recreation Board will meet in July to discuss projects to inclusion into the new five-year master. The current plan expires in January 2013. Sometime after the July board meeting, the public will be invited to comment on projects for the next five years.
A master plan is important because it makes the grant application process easier.
Some of the projects completed within the last five years include the Tinsley Park playground upgrades, First Street Square, Greenway projects, Phase 6 of Fletcher Park, spray park at Mosby Park and expansion of College Hill Recreation Center. The Civitan Handipark at Stuart Elementary School is expected to be completed sometime this summer.