Montgomery County, TN – Based on a January 18th meeting led by Montgomery County Lead Engineer Nick Powell and Lyle, Cook & Martin Architect Brad Martin with general contractor Southland Constructors, several subcontractors, leadership from Montgomery County Parks and Recreation and County engineering staff, the Civitan Park Expansion is on schedule for completion for Fall 2019.
The group meets monthly to check progress and address real and possible issues of concern about the project.
One of the greatest challenges they have faced was multiple large sinkholes on the expansion property which have now all been repaired.
The completion of the final sinkhole remediation brought welcome relief to the group gathered in the construction trailer.
The difficult wet weather conditions this winter have also been a big challenge for a primarily exterior construction project. Even with the difficult wet weather conditions, the contractor accomplished significant progress over the last month.
Some of that progress included: complete repair of the sinkhole; trenching for the lights, external retaining walls at the playground, continued interior and exterior work on the concession stand and restroom facility, continued work of the open air pavilions, the concrete forming and pouring of the community’s first ADA focused ballfield, the start of a roadway from the current ballfields to the expansion site, the addition of the scoreboards and electricity in the concession stand.
Work will continue throughout the winter months, as weather allows, in hopes of finishing the topsoil and irrigation work on the fields in order for the natural grass turf to be on site by mid-April.
An additional unexpected gift recently provided by the Clarksville Rotary Clubs, which had already generously contributed more than $540,000 towards the project, will help the Parks Department to integrate more benches and associated wheelchair pads into the expansion area.
“It’s important for us to do everything we can to stay on track with this project and do it to an excellent quality because we have local families counting on us to use this park expansion during this upcoming Fall season. The entire construction, designer, and owner team are all working well together to meet the end goal and our intermediate benchmark points are being hit, which puts us in a good position to meet the completion goal even with some tough months of weather delays behind us, and potentially some rough weather still in front of us,” assured Powell.
Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett said, “I’m eager to see this project completed. We have many families in our community who have children with special needs. To know they will have a state-of-the-art area built especially for them is something our community can be extremely proud of. We are also adding more baseball/softball fields to relieve overcrowding and additional practice fields for a variety of sports options.”
Other components of the park will include three additional Little League baseball fields and three multipurpose soccer practice fields.
Aerial photos taken by David Smith on January 15th can be found at /www.clarksvilleaerialphotography.com/p192048066
For more information about Civitan Park and other exceptional parks in Montgomery County, visit mcgtn.org/parks or call 931.648.5732.