Next Phase In W.O. Riley Park Improvements Set To Start

Posted: March 21, 2014

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodstock’s W.O. Riley Park on Park Avenue to mark the start of the second phase of improvements at the park. The project will feature a concert stage, restrooms, and new playground. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
On Thursday, Woodstock town employees level the ground near an area at W.O. Riley Park that will become a parking lot.

New amenities at the playground and pool, as well as a new event space, will be available this summer at the W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock.

Town officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday to mark the beginning of Phase II of the park improvement project.

The town’s public works staff was busy Thursday wrapping up the demolition at the park, said Angela Clem, project coordinator. Town staff is doing the work as a cost-saving measure.

The site was scheduled be turned over today to Woodstock-based FD Neal Construction, which was awarded a $1.1 million contract by the town for the renovation work.

The project is scheduled for completion within 120 days. Clem said town officials are hoping it will be finished as soon as June, but it could take until August.

The park will feature new playground structures and natural play area, a splash pad at the pool, a defined event space with a stage and coverings, a renovated pool deckhouse roof, and a new park restroom.

The natural area will include a pergola, outdoor kitchen, boulder wall, bridge and tunnel, and small embankment slide. The playground will include post and deck play equipment and a large embankment slide. There will also be a large “spaceball” play web, a group swing, and a water play feature.

Mark Lieberth, of Landscape Architect for Land Planning and Design Associates in Charlottesville, completed the design for the site.

Phase I of the park revitalization project, which cost about $400,000, consisted of new tennis and basketball courts and lighting. This portion of the project was expedited to accommodate the tennis season; Finley Asphalt and Paving completed the work last fall.

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