, 2023-04-25 21:07:00,
With the parks fully awakened from winter, the Bowling Green Parks Board heard a lot of news about facilities during its meeting on Tuesday.
“Mark and his crew, it’s a lot of things that people don’t see happening, but it has to happen, or nothing else can happen,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kristin Otley, referring to Facilities Coordinator Mark Sauber, who spoke at the meeting.
Otley noted that a project at City Park, funded by American Rescue Plan Act monies, involving repaving and a walking path as well replacing light poles. She said the city’s Electric Division has replaced all of the old poles around the outer section of the park, and the new poles are operational. Additional light poles are to be installed, as well as security cameras.
Otley further noted that all of the parks and recreation restrooms not located in a facility are now equipped with timed locks, which activate when the parks close at dark.
That will be very helpful to cut down on unwanted behavior, Otley said. She further noted that, at this time of year, when the parks become busier, she likes to emphasize that “these are all of our parks,” and that if patrons see things that shouldn’t be happening in the parks, they should let staff know, or call the Bowling Green Police Division’s non-emergency line.
Sauber noted that the maintenance staff has been busy “waking up the parks” after the winter, and that one of the biggest undertakings is the City Pool and Waterpark Complex. There are currently four full-time maintenance staff – and they are currently in the process of filling a vacancy – and Sauber said it usually takes that team about a month or month-and-a-half to get the facility up and running for the summer.
“We’re actually running just a little bit behind because of the weather,” Sauber said, noting that they could turn the water on to the complex soon. The staff will be spending the next week or so pressure washing nearly the entire complex, he said, and conducting necessary repairs. He said that some repairs to the pool house have already been completed.
“We’re on track for a Memorial Day weekend opening,” Sauber said.
He added that they are scheduled nearly to the end of summer on projects to be worked on, including work at the horseshoe pit area at City Park. They will be rebuilding one or two sets of horseshoes there, he said, removing the rest and then installing two sets of permanent concrete cornhole boards.
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