City officials announced last week that bids for the demolition of the pool and the construction of the new aquatic center will be opened on Wednesday, September 1st.
Due to deteriorating conditions at its current facility, the City placed a new pool among its top priorities. With the support of Gaylord voters, a new aquatic was given the “green light” in March. By a 2-1 margin, voters passed a referendum authorizing the City to issue general obligation bonds to defray costs for a new swimming pool and related facilities.
According to City Administrator Kevin McCann, there has been a lot of interest in the pool project, so therefore the hope is bids will be “favorable.”
The total aquatic center project with professional fees and other expenses is expected to total $2.7 million. Upfront costs for the project and many initial costs will be paid with funds the City acquired through the sale of the nursing home. The balance is scheduled to be paid for with the referendum bond.
Demolition of the existing facility is expected to begin in September and the new pool is scheduled to be open for the start of the 2011 swimming season. During construction, a portion of Park Avenue (from Hwy. 22 to the west side of Walsh Field) will be closed for safety reasons.