Park construction continues, Despite weather delays, first phase of work almost done
Recent cold snaps have delayed some construction at Civic Center Park, but the first phase of the park is nearing completion, and Pueblo West Parks and Recreation continues to be busy with a variety of programs and projects.
The only portions of Civic Center Park that remain are completion of the skate park and splash park. The playground itself is finished and already well-loved by neighborhood children. Concrete work for the skate park is finished, with rails still in progress.
“All the equipment for the splash park is here, so we just need weather permitting to do the (concrete) slab,” said Parks and Rec Director Carol Cosby. “We just need cooperative weather. As long as it permits, it should be done by March.”
Also weather permitting, beginning sometime in March repairs will begin on the outdoor pool in Pueblo West. Cosby said the work is expected to take six to eight weeks and should hopefully be done in time to open on Memorial Day weekend. The company chosen for repairs is the same one that put in the liner for the pool (which is still under warranty).
Progress on trails in Pueblo West is slow, but still happening, Cosby said. Pueblo West is waiting for an easement from the state to be issued, and then notice to proceed so the project can be put out to bid.
“We’re really hoping it’ll be this year!” Cosby said.
Cosby said she is still waiting to hear about approval from the Colorado Department of Transpiration for the Safe Routes to School grant. It includes trail work, as well as crosswalk safety and other related pieces.
In other parks and recreation news, Cosby said the staff is gearing up for spring and summer sports. Basketball just started and is popular as always. Registration for outdoor soccer, baseball and t-ball – all popular with the district – all begin in March.
Pueblo West Parks and Recreation also has a lifeguard class during spring break, and Cosby said the district is definitely looking for lifeguards for the summer. Currently, four from last year will not return because of graduation or moving from the area.
The lifeguard class is $125 and is valid for two years. It includes the CPR course and everything else needed to be a certified lifeguard. Participants must be at least 15 years old, and the class will be capped at 20 students. Registration begins the week of March 3.
Another popular spring event in Pueblo West is the 9th annual Tom Sawyer Fishing Derby, planned for April 12 at Cattail Crossing. Registration is at the office beginning March 10, and all participants receive a gift bag. There are prizes in each age group as well.
Cosby also reminded the public that many activities are happening at the Pueblo Regional Center Pool on John Powell, including lap swim, water aerobics and family open swim.
Lap swim is on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:15-6:15 p.m., ($2 per session) through May 2. Adult water aerobics are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:16 p.m. ($3 per class) through May 22, and senior water aerobics are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. ($2 monthly fee and $1.50 per class), ongoing.
The family open swim is every Saturday and Sunday through April 27 from 5-7:30 p.m., $2 per person (ages 3 and younger are free).