Athletic fields at Powell's highly anticipated Seldom Seen Park could be usable earlier than anticipated.
Chris Meyers, founder and owner of Meyers and Associates Architecture, gave an update on the park to Powell City Council at its regular meeting Nov. 20 in which he laid out an expected timeline for the project.
After dealing with a variety of delays before construction began, Meyers said the $1.6 million project is on schedule, and work on the park's building is "75 percent" complete, while its playground is ready to be placed and assembled "when the weather is ready."
Meyers said the park -- located north of Seldom Seen Road and just west of the railroad tracks -- and its multiuse fields are now on pace to be ready by mid-June 2019, which is sooner than the fall 2019 wrap-up date Powell spokeswoman Megan Canavan said last month the city was expecting.
In October, Councilman Tom Counts, who has been involved in the park's development, called the fields "really important" for the city.
"This park is going to have soccer fields and a baseball diamond, and that's an amenity we don't have," he said. "The soccer fields are just so important for many of the kids."
Meyers said the field turf and other plantings have been in place for several weeks and have been growing through the fall. He said "a really wet fall" helped "enormously" in that process, as has the care taken with the fields themselves.
"They've been really particular about keeping everyone off of the turf, so it's not rutted, and I think it actually looks beautiful now," he said. "But for the durability of it, it really is best to wait until June. But come June when the place opens, let the kids have at it."
During that time, Meyers said, work in other areas of construction has been able to continue.
"What's been nice about the project is that the schedule was essentially set based on the maturity of the turf," he said. "We've had the benefit of working within the longer duration of the maturity of the turf fields, so the (construction) activity is going to work in that window just fine."
Meyers also raved about the playground structure set for assembly in the park.
He said it will be unique for "not only Powell but our whole region" and said it will take four or five weeks to install.
"It's actually a very intricate playground system, so the installation, I think, is going to be interesting to see come together," he said.
"A very interactive, natural play-state is the way it's described. It's not a soft, spongy, flat surface with one unit. It's got rock formations and terrain and climbing and all sorts of timber structures. It's really going to be a unique installation."
During the dead of winter, Meyers said work on the site will be heavily reduced. But he said he's confident of the June target date.
For more information on the park, visit www.cityofpowell.us.