In spite of recent rain, construction on The Clubhouse remains on track. The old building has been entirely demolished and removed, and city officials recently held a site visit with the designer of the obstacle course. Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin updated the Regional Park Authority of the progress at their meeting Monday afternoon.
“We’ve missed maybe one day because of the rain,” Ervin said. She attributes this to the foresight of the construction crew that is leaving the old parking lot intact as long as they can. This allows them to park their machinery on the asphalt for projects such as tearing out the old go-kart track.
“They planned ahead knowing it was going to rain, and they made sure to save that project for a rainy day,” Ervin said.
She said there are construction meetings once every three weeks, but she visits the site every day.
“They’ve done all the demolition and taken out the trees we wanted to remove. Now they’ve started in on the grading,” Ervin said. “If we stay on schedule we’ll be pouring the piers for the building this week, and once those are set we’ll really take off from there.”
Ervin said the challenge course designer recently came to town for a site visit. They went on a walking tour to see where the towers for the challenge course and zip line will soon be standing tall. Ervin said the challenge course will contain six to eight different elements, and the city has selected a few elements they really like. The elements will vary in level of difficulty so people of all ages can enjoy the course.
“Everybody from the very young, to families, to adults who like to do this sort of thing can come out and have a good time,” Ervin said. She added there will be at least two different difficulty levels at the course with the option of adding more challenging aspects in the future.
“The lower level will have things like bridges that you walked across as a kid,” Ervin said. “The middle level will be things with moving parts like swings that will take a bit more upper body strength.”
She said one element will be a 15-foot rock climbing wall. She noted that safety will be a top priority when it comes to both this element and the entire course.
“There are lots of certifications that will be required as part of the course. There will be several days of training (before opening) and in-house training even after it’s open,” Ervin said. “Certified people will check out the course every day. We will check and check and check, and we will not go out there until we’re absolutely sure that we are good to go on our staff and our facility.”