Pinehurst Park pond restoration going swimminglyCloquet City Council members unanimously approved starting phase two of the Pinehurst swimming pond restoration project at Tuesday’s regular meeting. Phase one, completed on-time in the past few weeks, involved a review of the existing facility and development of a preliminary scope of work with a cost estimate.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Cloquet City Council members unanimously approved starting phase two of the Pinehurst swimming pond restoration project at Tuesday’s regular meeting. Phase one, completed on-time in the past few weeks, involved a review of the existing facility and development of a preliminary scope of work with a cost estimate.
In order to restore the pond to working order, it will require just under $1.1 million, according to a current cost estimate given by USAquatics, the hired consultant for the project.
Some of the required items include site grading to control run-off, dead tree removal as well as removal of trees dropping debris into the pond, a new pond liner, sand, skimmer components, water circulation equipment, chlorine system, pH adjustment system, new equipment room piping and valves, and fresh paint on the pond walls.
The pond will need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will require a hard path from the bathhouse to the pond and accessible fixtures. The bathhouse itself will need renovation with new lights, enclosed mechanical equipment, paint and a non-slip surface, among other items.
The Pinehurst Pond Task Force also made recommendations for desired items and optional items. These items would add to the $1.1 million current estimated cost. Desired items include a sidewalk around the entire perimeter of the pond, concrete deck area and a check-in area near the entrance. Among the value-added ideas discussed were storing filter backwash water in a holding tank temporarily for irrigation use on grass fields, lighting for night swimming and the installation of a small pool slide or slides. They also talked about a concession stand and a splash deck as possible options. These items could be considered at a later date as the project progresses.
Once the phase two design and final cost estimate is complete, staff will provide additional information on funding alternatives, according to Brian Fritsinger, Cloquet city administrator.
The Pinehurst Park Band Shell, which sits next to the swimming pond and is also in need of repair, was discussed by the Pinehurst Pond Task Force as well.
During its working session, city council members determined that the city would like to see it restored and is willing to pay half of the cost of repairs – $25,000.
“We would like to refurbish the existing band shell but it’s also our opinion that the city doesn’t want to spent all the money,” said council member Neil Nemmers. “We are looking for a neighborhood group or other organization to raise the other $25,000 and we’d like to see this get done at the same time we redo the pond.”
Councilors also took the advice of the Parks Commission to consider hiring a firm to analyze other issues in the park that could impact the pond or vice versa.
In other Cloquet City Council action Tuesday:
• City council members approved closing a portion of Cloquet Avenue from 18th Street to eighth Street on Sept. 1 for the annual Labor Day Parade and the closure of Avenue C, from 14th Street to 12th Street for the Classic Car Show. The Carlton County Central Labor Body will not hold a carnival or fireworks as it has in the past.
• A public hearing was held on the proposed improvements to 20th Street from Maplewood Avenue south to Tall Pine Lane. Several residents spoke in support of paving the road and skipping the construction of concrete curb and gutter due to the added costs. To pave the road would cost an estimated $60,000 but with concrete curb and gutter the cost would increase to $180,000. City council members unanimously approved moving forward on the paving portion of the project.
• Council members also unanimously approved the final plat for the development of the Shoppes of Cloquet on Highway 33, north of Applebees. The frontage road right-of-way was finalized with the city engineer and a 100-foot by 400-foot strip of land at the rear of the property will be dedicated to the city and attached to Pine Valley, which will become part of the cross country trail system in the area.