I’m pleased to report that work has already begun at the Centennial Pool site at LaSalle Park. I’m also happy to say that park-goers are going to be in for a real surprise when they see what’s taking place at this long-forgotten recreation area. Just looking at the pictures provides an idea as to the enormity and scale of the overhaul. I figured that the $1.8 million capital reconstruction project would entail reusing more of the existing features. Boy was I wrong. The pool has been totally removed and the pool house has been so picked apart that it almost resembles the Summit Building (but in a good way) on Main Street.
When I posted on the future plans for the Centennial Pool grounds last June, it was with tremendous hope that the project would indeed start this spring as scheduled. Well, the reports are in and it’s still on schedule for opening summer of 2009. Next time you’re down at The Barkyard make sure that you take a gander at the progress. Now if we could get that LaSalle Park roadway off of the water and free it up for park-goers, then we’d be all set. If you want to see what I’m talking about then just click on this link and check out the awesome plans that date back from the Masiello administration. And I still don’t see why we couldn’t at least be talking about using part of the Colonel Ward Pumping Station for a Maritime Center (see potential here).