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End in sight for Wyman Woods work

With October opening planned, city's parks officials look ahead to pool, Grandview Yard green space

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As construction work continues behind him, Grandview Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey poses for a photo at Wyman Woods Park. Robey says renovations at the park should wrap up by Oct. 1.
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The Wyman Woods renovation project is in the homestretch.

"Everything is on track and we hope to have the project done by Oct. 1," with the park fully reopening soon afterward, said Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey.

The work to renovate the shelter house is largely complete, with contractor Jess Construction preparing to install the new barn-style sliding doors, Robey said.

A small kitchen area has been installed and the shelter's restrooms are now accessible, he said.

While there was some initial thought given to making the shelter house a year-round facility, "we decided it wasn't worth the extra cost" to keep it available during winter months when it likely would see little to no use, he said.

The building has been insulated and will be open a bit longer now, most likely from March 1 to Dec. 31, Robey said.

Wyman's playground will have two levels and include faux climbing boulders and a climbing wall to complement the park's sledding hill and wooded area, he said.

About 15 parking spaces have been added to the east end of the parking lot; at the west end, a turnaround will help with loading and unloading materials at the shelter house, Robey said.

"We're also going to have a more-extensive path system around the park," including a path around the perimeter and a walkway through the park itself that will make a sort of figure-eight, he said.

"It will be easier for people pushing strollers," Robey said. "They won't have to walk through the grass."

The park also will have improved field space with room for an under-12 soccer field.

A dedication ceremony is expected to be held in October at the park -- located at the corner of Goodale Boulevard and Grandview Avenue -- to coincide with the shelter house's 60th anniversary, Robey said.

While the Wyman Woods project is proceeding on schedule, the installation of a statue at Memorial Park is taking a bit longer than expected, he said.

"We're still waiting for the final proof from the Big Statue Co. in Utah," Robey said.

The initial design of the statue, which will depict a World War II soldier, had to be corrected because the soldier's rifle and boots were not historically accurate, he said.

The money to purchase the statue was donated by Dr. Tom Williams, who came up with the idea for the monument showing the soldier paying tribute to a fallen comrade as he prepares to fight.

It's unlikely the statue can be completed in time for a Veterans Day dedication, Robey said.

"We'll probably have to wait until next Memorial Day," he said.

With these projects nearly completed or underway, attention now will turn to planning for improvements to the municipal pool and determining the features of the 2.5-acre park that will be located at the end of an extended First Avenue in the Grandview Yard development.

Both topics will be on the agenda at the parks advisory board meeting set for 7 p.m. today, Aug. 28, in council chambers, 1016 Grandview Ave.

"We'll just be having our initial discussion of how we will proceed" with determining the details of the two projects, Robey said.

One issue regarding the pool project is whether it should be conducted as a design/build process in which the architect and contractor would work together, rather than the traditional method of determining a design, then putting the project out to bid, he said.

Among the pool's most-pressing needs are upgrading the bath-house facilities and sealing multiple small cracks in the pool that cause a slow and continual loss of water, Robey said. Building an auxiliary building to house the boiler and other equipment now located in a basement at the pool complex also will be considered.

The project likely will include making the main pool and the wading pool more accessible, he said.

Improvements might also include adding a water slide and splash pad to the pool, Robey said.

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