Town Officials Say Renovated Park Should Be Ready By Summer

Posted: March 4, 2014

Construction should begin soon on the second phase of the W.O. Riley Park revitalization project in Woodstock, and town officials hope it will be finished by late spring.

Town Council accepted a bid from Woodstock-based FD Neal Construction last month.

Workers will build a new playground, renovate the pool’s deckhouse roof, install a splash pad at the pool, and build an event stage. The cost is about $1.1 million.

The playground will feature a climbing web, a natural play area and water feature area, and a traditional post-and-deck play structure.

Mayor Jeremy McCleary said work has not started yet. Town staff will do some of the demolition to save money, and then the construction process should start later this month.

Construction is supposed to be completed within 120 days, meaning by June. But, McCleary said, the work could be finished in May, depending on the weather.

Town officials, as well as members of the community, are “really excited” about the new park, he said.

“I have gotten nothing but strong, enthusiastic support about the project. It’s something that people have been wanting for a little while, and we are excited to be able to put it together,” McCleary said.

Phase I of the park revitalization project, which cost about $400,000, consisted of new tennis and basketball courts and lighting. The courts reopened for play in November.

The total cost of both phases of the project is about $1.5 million. About one-third of the money came from the town’s fund balance and the remaining two-thirds was financed through a loan, McCleary said.

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