August 9, 2001

Pool Renovation Is Plan Behind LLPP Grant Application

After finishing one spot away from receiving funding in 2000, the City of Memphis is hoping for better luck this year as the application is being completed for the 2001 Statewide Landmark Local Parks Program.

Last year's application for funding of the renovation of the Memphis swimming pool and the American Legion Park in Memphis was 14th on the list of accepted projects but the program ran out of funding on the first 13 approved grant applications.

"We were just one away from the money last year so we are hoping for better things in this funding cycle," stated Ron Alexander at the August 2 public hearing held on the grant application.

The proposal calls for renovating the existing pool to a new, concrete 50' by 80' pool with a gutter system. A new lift chair will be installed to insure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The existing bath house will be renovated and remodeled to insure ADA compliance, including the restroom and shower facilities.

The proposed project also calls for new piping and filtration equipment for the pool. A new cholrination room will be constructed to insure compliance with the chemical requirements of Tier II Reports.

A 10-foot wide concrete apron would be constructed around the pool and energy-efficient lighting would be installed around the pool, in the parking lot and throughout the rest of the park. The new pool will be enclosed by an eight-foot tall decorative chain link fence.

The city proposed an in-kind match on the grant funding. Demolition and site grading will be done by city crews as will be the paving of the existing parking lot which will be striped and have signs installed for handicapped parking.

To meet the requirements of the LLPP program, city crews will construct an information board with the history of the park for visitors. Plans also call for the use of recycled park benches as well as the availability or recycling containers in the park. The city crews will plant trees and shrubs within the park boundaries to beautify the final project and will be responsible for upkeep of the grounds.

Memphis would also be responsible for paying the cost of the engineering service, which will prepare the project specifications and bid documents as well as providing inspection services.

The grant application also indicates the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts groups have pledged to supply a donation of approximately $15,000-$18,000 for the construction of a community building/meeting hall for the organizations at the park. The funds have been generated through donations and through the organizations recycling projects.

Mayor Alexander stated the application is due at the end of August. It will be finalized by the City and Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission. Alexander said he hopes to have word on the results of the grant awards sometime in November.

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