Alice Park Renovations

Two deteriorating wooden pergolas that had been in Carrollton’s Alice Park since it was built 20 years ago have been replaced with new, upgraded metal structures.

“The pergolas were in bad disrepair,” said Randall Eidson, detail officer/project manager for the Carrollton Police Department. “Vines had overcome them so we cut back the vines and tore the wooden structures down.”

Eidson, leading a crew of Carroll County inmates, designed and built the new metal pergolas and supports and welded them at city shops at the East Carrollton Recreation Complex and on Bradley Street. They were installed by crane and forklift with the help of the city’s Facilities Maintenance employees. Workers also repaired concrete around the bases of the pergolas, painted the structures black and painted the concrete to match the brick.

The price tag for the project was just over $9,000. Eidson estimated city employees doing almost all the labor saved the city around $6,000. The improvements to the park took just over a month to complete.

Two houses that once sat on the property at the intersection of Tanner and East Center streets in Carrollton’s In-Town South Historic District had become dilapidated by the late 1990s. Roy Richards, Jr., (the park is named after his late mother, Alice H. Richards) bought the property and donated it to the city. Alice Park was built with donations from the community in 2000.

“Concerned neighbors worked together to clean up a blighted spot and it became a nice property,” said Parks Director Kent Johnston. “It has been a very positive addition to the community.”

Johnston said the park is a popular spot for weddings, hosting several ceremonies each year.

The new pergolas join Alice Park’s other signature fixture, a water feature that was renovated a few years ago, as the park enters its third decade.

As a finishing touch to the project, Facilities Maintenance electrician, Jeremy Mashburn, wired the pergola at the park’s entrance for electricity and installed a lantern-style light fixture, formerly used at the Depot on Bradley, on it.

“I wish everybody would go by at night and see it.” said Eidson. “It looks beautiful,”

Alice Park rents for $75 for a half-day and $100 for a day. For more information on park reservations, contact Janice Kerr at (770)832-1161.

Lakeshore Renovations

Nearly $200,000 in needed improvements to Carrollton’s Lakeshore Pool complex included almost $70,000 in cost savings and could lead to millions in economic benefit to the community.

“The renovations to the Lakeshore Natatorium made during the spring and early summer of 2020 had a profound effect on the appearance and functionality of the pool area,” Parks Director Kent Johnston said. “Visitors are now greeted with a nicely painted structure and pools with new liners and amenities that should serve us well for many years to come.”

Work was completed while the facility was closed due to the pandemic, from early spring until the pool reopened, September 8. CPRD planned to close the pool in August to install new liners but, after thorough inspection, several new items were added to the to-do list.

While replacing the motors and track that open the building’s sliding roof, flaking paint and bare metal were discovered on the pool’s metal housing structure, which had not been painted in almost 20 years. The CPRD contracted with a company to do a specialized electrostatic painting process using an epoxy coating.

Prior to and during the painting process, staff removed the liners from both the Junior Olympic sized and training pools. This involved removing the thick rubber liner, then scraping, grinding and torching a felt layer that was glued on under the rubber. Doing this labor-intensive and time consuming work in-house saved the city more than $17,000.

To ensure the pool is the proper length for sanctioned swim meets, which can bring millions of dollars in spending to town, the walls of the competition swim area were sanded and ground to remove concrete that was added during repairs over the years. Staff removed and repaired the concrete and re-installed parts of the pools’ gutter circulation system. More than $50,000 was saved by employees doing this work. A contractor installed the new liners in August.

“When we reopened, all our swimmers were thrilled to be able to get back into the water,” said Recreation Director Julie Ivey. “Our Bluefin Swim Team and lap swimmers were the first to reap the rewards of the improvements. Our swim lesson and water aerobics numbers have increased due to the newly renovated area. We are grateful to the mayor and council for supporting this project and we look forward to being able to host swim meets and other activities in the future.”

Other improvements made during this time included new ladders in both pools, a new drain grate, painting the pool deck, replacing sand in pool filters and replacing the main blower assembly of the pools’ heating and dehumidifier system. The Warrior Garage out of Bremen, part of the wounded warrior program that helps military veterans, also removed and powder coated all 16 of the diving blocks used for competition swim.

The total cost of the renovations was $177,898. The work done by employees saved the city nearly $70,000.

For more information about the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department or its programs, please call (770) 832-1161.