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MISSION—Long-awaited parks improvements at Bannworth Park on Shary Road and CWV Park on South Mayberry, are nearing completion, according to Mission City Manager Julio Cerda. The projects include a new indoor swimming pool and a separate gymnasium building at Bannworth Park. The Mayberry Pool at CWV Park has undergone extensive refurbishing and a new gymnasium has been added next door. The gyms will serve as satellite locations for the Mission Boys & Girls Club.
City Manager Julio Cerda said it has been a long time coming, and he is excited to open the finished product that totaled $4.3 million dollars. Delays were encountered last year when the original contractor was unable to complete the projects and the bonding company had to hire a different firm to complete the projects.
Mission Mayor Norbeto Salinas, Parks and Recreation Director Julian Gonzalez, Architect Rudy Gomez, Cerda and the construction company for the projects, Enriquez Construction, met for a walk through of the properties on Nov. 9.
Cerda explained that a minor punch list remains to be completed, but anticipates the contractor will be ready to turn them over to the city, completed, by mid- to late December.
“Both projects are finishing up touches on the pools and sprinkler systems,” Cerda said. “The expected timeline is at the end of December for all three buildings and the two swimming pools.”
Architect Rudy Gomez explained some of the features of each property.
The park includes a brand new natatorium that includes a 25-meter Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) pool, which can be used for University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions. The heated pool contains eight lanes that measure six feet in width, there is also one spring diving board mounted at one meter in height, and a diving well.
“It (gymnasium) covers about 13,000 square feet, which includes bathrooms, an office and a mechanical room,” Gomez said.
Cerda explained room has been left for expansions of the gymnasium when needed.
The swimming pool at CWV Park received all new piping and mechanical equipment, and new plastering was put in place. This pool is also 25 meters in length, heated, has around nine lanes and has a spring diving board set at 3/4 of a meter in height.
A new parking lot was added to the west side of the property and the skate park received a makeover.
“The design is what Parks and Rec had in mind, it is all concrete and has about seven stations,” Gomez said of the new skate park.
A separate project that the city will soon undertake at the CWV Park involves making alterations to an older building at the park that covers 5,000 to 6,000 square feet. Cerda said the building was gutted and would be used as a small community center upon completion.
“We just put a new roof on it,” Gomez said. “We are going to add partitions…then we will have a meeting facility.”
The architect said the meeting facility project will most likely go out for bids in January and will take 90 days to complete.
Future additions are already being looked at; Cerda says they hope to place two junior size soccer fields at Bannworth Park. He added Mayor Salinas would also like to have canopies added at the two pools for hotter months.
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