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Donation allows more options for parks upgrades

W.W. Williams gives $100,000 to Grandview

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The 2012 holiday season has been a memorable one for Grandview Heights' parks department.

The city's sale of $2.8 million in bonds to pay for park improvements has gone through and Grandview should receive the proceeds by the end of the month, Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey told the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last Thursday, Dec. 13.

In addition, the W.W. Williams Co. presented city officials with a $100,000 donation during a Dec. 12 celebration of its 100th anniversary. W.W. Williams' headquarters has been located on Goodale Boulevard since 1927.

The money will be used to help pay for improvements to the shelter house at Wyman Woods, including adding heating and insulation to make the building suitable for year-round use; to install ADA-accessible restrooms; and to add a kitchen, Robey said.

Design details also will be added to the shelter to make it more of a match with the new multiuse building that will be constructed at Pierce Field, he said.

The city also plans to add a turnaround to the parking lot at Wyman Woods and an unloading area that will be closer to the shelter, Robey said.

The shelter house will be named in honor of W.W. Williams, he said.

"Their donation was an uncommonly generous gift," Robey said. "We are thrilled to be partners with W.W. Williams to help make this community a better place."

The city has a proposal from Meyers and Associates to provide design and building spec services for the shelter for $30,000, he said.

The shelter house improvements and the parking lot upgrade are among the projects the bond sale was designed to fund.

W.W. Williams' donation will free up some of the proceeds from the bond sale, Robey said. The shelter house improvements have a preliminary cost estimation of about $295,000.

The city also plans to address flooding issues at Wyman Woods, and Robey told the advisory board that EMH&T, which is providing engineering services, has presented a draft plan recommending the use of an underground chamber as the preferred solution.

The estimated cost of the chamber would be $120,000 for a unit that could withstand a five-year storm event; $160,000 for a chamber suitable for a 10-year storm event; and $198,000 for a 25-year storm, Robey said.

At Pierce Field, planned improvements will include the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a new multiuse structure.

The city plans to conduct a bid process for the project in January and February, with construction potentially starting in March and wrapping up in July, Robey said.

The construction is not expected to prohibit youth baseball, softball and T-ball activities from proceeding as usual on the diamonds at Pierce Field, he said.

The Bobcat Boosters have notified the city they would prefer to maintain the current location of the Ox Roast pit, which works well for the city because that will help save money, Robey said.

Although the bond sale will provide $2.8 million for park improvements, the planned projects at Wyman Woods and Pierce will not cost that much; about $500,000 to $600,000 is expected to be left over.

The city tentatively plans to use some of the leftover funds to pay for improvements to the municipal pool.

Robey presented the advisory board with a list of potential pool improvements and their estimated costs provided by consultants.

They include:

* Replacing the wading pool and making the pool ADA compliant, $60,000.

* Repairing the wall seam in the middle of the pool to help stop a leak, $3,500.

* Repairing the pool's filter system, $61,000.

* Installing a splash pad in the existing basketball court area, $80,000.

* Constructing a new pool mechanical building, $100,000.

* Building improvements, $80,000.

Robey asked the board to review the list of projects and consider how the proposed pool projects should be prioritized.

 

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