Progress continuing on park makeover

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But official opening may be delayed by a few weeks

Work on the new gazebo in Sackville’s Main Street park is nearing completion. DOHERTY PHOTO

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Work continues to move full speed ahead on the makeover project at Sackville’s downtown park but it looks like a Canada Day opening may not be in the cards for the new facility.

Andrew Amos, the project manager who is overseeing the park redevelopment, said the contractor is “making good progress” but he doesn’t expect the park will be fully ready for a July 1 opening. Rather, he said it will likely be the end of July before the park is re-opened to the public, with perhaps an official ceremony being considered for the New Brunswick Day holiday.

“The plan is still to have the lion’s share done by early July and we’re looking at having everything at 100 per cent for the provincial holiday at the first of August,” said Amos.

He said the snowstorm at the start of construction put the crews behind a bit but they are “working diligently every day to make up lost time.”

“The bandstand is coming along very well, the multi-purpose building is roof tight with mechanical and electrical rough-ins underway, the splash pad is set to be poured soon, all key deliveries are in hand, essentially everything is going to plan.”

Amos, along with the town’s senior staff, have been meeting with the contractor on a regular basis to make sure “we are doing everything we can, as a combined team, to get this much-needed and deserved facility available for the residents as soon as possible.”

He pointed out, however, that while the bulk of the park is anticipated to be ready by early July, the key concern is that the newly-laid sods may not be able to withstand a lot of foot traffic in the early stages of growth.

Jamie Burke, the town’s senior manager of corporate projects, agreed.

“We understand people are excited. The buildings are starting to take shape . . . it’s going to be great. But we don’t want to rush work on the park just so we can have an opening on Canada Day,” he said.

“We want it done right, “ added town engineer Dwayne Acton.

The park upgrades include: a new splash pad; a new bandstand; a new multi-purpose building with public washrooms; a new basketball court; resurfacing of the tennis courts; LED lighting throughout the site; paved walkways; new entrances to highlight the park; a consolidated children’s play area with some new equipment; a base for the water feature/sculpture being created by local artist Peter Manchester; and all-new sodding and landscaping, including lots of new shade trees.

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