You may have noticed the orange fencing and yellow tape that is now encircling the O’Brien Center at Jaycee Park. This area will now be a construction area, as the house is scheduled to be dismantled. Weather-permitting the work will begin next week. First, shingles will be removed and then the structure will be razed. The building had become unsafe for the public to use and is lacking structural integrity.
The Parks Department staff has removed any items that could be recycled or reused. The appliances and the furnace have been re-homed or stored for another facility. Copper piping was removed and recycled. And, all utilities have been turned off to the building.
The master planning for the park will begin sometime next year, and the public will be engaged in the process. The Recreation Committee will be working on this project.
The 6.9 acre park has a lighted baseball/softball field, two basketball courts, a playground, a small pavilion with a picnic area, and lots of open space. If you are looking to have your group use this space, you can do so through the Recreation & Parks Department. Just fill out their form to get started.
The park will remain open during the construction, but the fenced area is dangerous and should not be entered. Stay tuned for more information. And, head out to the park to make snow angels and snowmen during the next snowfall. Lots of great space to do that!