"Roll out the barrels; we'll have a barrel of fun."

"Roll out the barrels; we'll have a barrel of fun."

Is it Delaware's new theme song? No, just the time of year for the city to get as much construction and paving done as possible.

City projects in the works include new concession stands and restrooms at Mingo Park and Smith Park, which city leaders said are almost finished.

The upgrades are a result of the 2008 income-tax increase that also provided funds for the construction of the Delaware YMCA.

Three 1,500-square-foot block shelter and restroom structures are being built -- one at Mingo Park and a pair at Smith Park.

At Smith Park, work crews also are preparing to add and pave an 82-spot parking lot. New ramps were installed for access to the fields, the walking path is being upgraded and electrical lines are being installed for parking-lot lights.

In the past two years, both parks have undergone major renovations.

In addition to the new building and parking lot, Mingo Park now has 1,000 feet of new walking paths, graded and seeded athletic fields, new dirt surfaces for Daily and Zeigler fields and a new fence and painted backstop for the Little League field.

At Smith Park, crews leveled one baseball diamond to remove a severe downhill grade from the pitcher's mound to center field. They also installed drainage tile, a water line and 1,000 feet of new walking paths.

Other projects now under way or about to begin include:

* Liberty Street and Euclid Avenue resurfacing work has been under way for two weeks. Crews first made base repairs where needed, then removed the existing pavement with a grinding machine.

Soon, new pavement will be put down with a paving machine. The city engineer estimates the work should be completed by the week of Aug. 6.

Traffic is being maintained and signs are assisting motorists through the work areas. Delays have been common, though, and motorists may want to use other routes, city leaders said.

Deerfield Place, Baywood Drive and East Street also are being repaved. The contractor, Decker Construction, has distributed notices and placed "no parking" signs in impacted neighborhoods.

Residents may call 740-203-1723 for project information.

* Alley repaving work along the west side of Buns Restaurant will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 23.

* Chemcote will seal-coat the city's bike paths from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, through July 31.

* Crews began work this week on the next phase of Glenn Parkway between Peachblow Road and OhioHealth Boulevard at the city's southern gateway.

Site clearing is under way and the construction of 1,300 feet of Glenn Parkway is expected to begin on or around July 30.

Also included in this phase of the project is the partial construction of the proposed traffic signal mast at the intersection of Peachblow Road, Glenn Parkway and the Delaware Area Career Center Drive intersection.

The $1.5 million project will be paid for with repurposed tax-increment financing funds, approved earlier this year by Delaware City Council.

A TIF is an economic development mechanism available to local governments to finance public infrastructure improvements and, in certain circumstances, residential rehabilitation, according to information from the Ohio Department of Development. It works by locking in the taxable worth of real property at the value it holds at the time the authorizing legislation was approved.

* On Aug. 1, a contractor will install 15 street lights along North Houk Road beginning at state Route 37 and working north and install four street lights on existing poles at the intersection of Route 37 and Warrensburg Road. The project should be completed by Oct. 1, city leaders said.

* Grandview Avenue resurfacing will begin Aug. 1 and require three or four days to complete. The contractor will post signs in advance of the work indicating which side of the road will be closed to driveway access on specified days. Grandview Avenue will be open to traffic during construction, though it may be restricted to one lane; delays should be expected, city officials said.