Progress continues on downtown park makeover

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Workers are doing the stone masonry work this week on the entrance posts at both entrances to the park – the Main Street entryway, above, and the Ford Lane access. TOWER PHOTO

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The makeover at Sackville’s downtown park is progressing well, with the splash pad expected to be poured this week and the finishing touches being put on the inside of the multi-purpose building.

“All is continuing to go well despite the wet weather we had a few weeks back,” said Andrew Amos, the project manager who is overseeing the park redevelopment. “The key now is to get some good drying weather so the sods can go down.”

Town engineer Dwayne Acton said last week that the town is still aiming for an early August completion for the park.

“We’ll start to see some green sod going down shortly and some asphalt for the walkways . . . so that’ll be nice to see.”

Acton said the center console has been installed for the splash pad and the contractors are getting ready to pour the concrete for that pad.

Amos said also happening this week is the stone masonry work on the entrance posts at both entrances to the park – the Main Street entryway and the Ford Lane access. He said the stone that is being used is reclaimed stone from the former Memorial Library/student centre building at Mount Allison that was torn down two years ago to make way for the university’s new performing arts building.

“The stone will match the stone used throughout the university as well as the front of the town hall building and will unify this architectural statement across the town,” said Amos. “It's also a nice environmental feature to reuse this material as opposed to buying new stone.”

The ongoing park upgrades include: a new splash pad; a new bandstand; a new multi-purpose building with public washrooms; 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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