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Civic Center Park almost complete

Construction of Civic Center Park is on track for a completion date less than two months from now.

Pueblo West Metropolitan District Board of Directors discussed the construction with Pueblo West Parks and Recreation Director Carol Cosby at Tuesday’s meeting, questioning the project’s construction.

Brian Smith, the general contractor for the project, said although there have been about 20 days of weather delay and impacts, the project is still, overall, on track. Smaller projects have shifted and changed, but he assured Board members the completion date is still on target for the third week of October. Cosby noted that issues with playground installation have all been fixed except for one slide, which is still waiting for help from the manufacturer. Rubber surfacing and wood chips in the swing areas have been installed.

The other main issue with Civic Center Park has been the large pavilion. Because it is a custom project with multiple angles and specifically designed structural steel, a few pieces were off on their angles, changing their pitch so the pieces didn’t line up correctly.

“It would be an inferior looking project, and because we want to be a showcase for Southern Colorado, we want it to look its best,” Smith said.

The completion date in October does not include the splash park or skate park.

Those items were approved by the Board of Directors and are currently in the design phase. Board members questioned exactly where the splash park will be located, and asked Cosby to have the area staked off so they can visit the location and see it in person.

“I want to be sure that you know on the skate and splash parks, these aren’t just things we pulled out of the air,” Cosby said about the locations. “We spent a lot of time and made some visits elsewhere and then put it into a unique park and fit it into the space we have.”

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