Volleyball court in works for Troutman ESC Park
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Troutman Parks and Recreation Committee got some good news this week from member Jan Comer, who revealed a community member is interested in getting a volleyball court installed at ESC Park.
Comer said a donor will cover the digging, sand and net, but the committee is still looking for a donation of gravel for the court’s base.
The standard-size court will be located near the pavilion area. Though the park’s site plan has it on the pavilion’s left side, committee members and Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watson expressed concern about space issues with the planned sidewalk to the dog park and the future amphitheater.
Watson is having the town’s engineer look at locating the court to the right of the proposed splash pad area near the soccer fields instead.
GREENWAY TO SIHS
The committee was disappointed to hear that the SIHS stretch of greenway will not be complete before school starts, as originally promised. Watson said Town Manager Justin Longino had contacted the construction company Country Boy Landscaping to encourage a quick completion.
The bid came in at $419,000, did not include administrative costs or the cost of both the Troutman and DOT supervising engineers. The overseeing engineering must measure quantities, ensure receipts are notarized, and check gravel and pavement daily. The DOT engineer then rechecks the town engineer’s work, per state requirements.
The total cost was expected to be just under $500,000. Officials initially thought the project, which began in April, would take only two months.
GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER ON SATURDAY
Council committee liaison Sally Williams reported that the ECS Golf Tournament upcoming this Saturday had strong interest this year, with 19 teams committed and four more possibly entering.
Teams are still welcome to sign up at noon at the Lakewood Park tournament, which tees off at 1 p.m. She had several singles express interest, so any other singles are welcome to come and form teams at the event.
Williams had sponsors for about 15 holes as of Monday. First place earns $400, and the tournament also awards $10,000 per hole-in-one, sponsored by Williams Builders.
Fat Boys is providing food for the event, and volunteers are set for the event.
Lakewood Golf Course is located at 273 Old Airport Rd. in Statesville.
The water fountain and grills are in and will be installed at the pavilion soon, according to Watson. She will also install the memorial tree plaque to thank tree donors over the water fountain area.
Two Mutt Mitt stations will also soon be installed at the dog park. These stations have an odor reduction feature that will help reduce the dog waste smell.
Watson also has four fans to be installed under the pavilion in the next few weeks to provide a cooler environment for visitors. She has also ordered four new fans to replace the saggy ones currently at the Depot.
Watson also got an additional reduced priced sunshade for the playground area after current ones did not cover the area promised. It will be placed between the swings and play structure to help cool the slides, which can become quite hot.
COMMITTEE ELECTIONS DELAYED
Election of the committee chair and vice-chair was delayed until all members are present next month.
The committee is also seeking applications for a committee alternate vacancy. Applications are available at Town Hall or online at http://www.troutmannc.gov/