The west end redevelopment of Colonial Park is complete which makes the park’s green space available year-round.
The redevelopment is the first completed item from the adopted Parks Master Plan. The architecture firm — PGAL — that designed the Colonial Park Pool, pool house and tennis court redevelopment, designed the area with citizens input to optimize the use of the space while ensuring the architectural integrity that’s tied into the facility.
The project included the construction of 3,500 square feet wooden deck with built in tables and benches. The tables and benches provide seating for approximately 200 people. Additional highlights include an eco-grass paver walkway, barbecue grilling area, dual water fountain, picnic tables, LED deck lighting, and a 600 square feet shade structure with built-in tables.
“What makes this project so special is that the addition of the limestone columns and aluminium fencing separates the pool area from the deck areas on the west end allowing for year-round use of the enhanced area,” said Assistant Parks and Recreation Director and Project Manager Susan White.
Craig Koehl, and urban forester, adds that the new deck is the best thing that could be done for the old growth live oak trees.
“The new deck will stop further root compaction and help prolong the life of trees,” said Koehl.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held May 11, with approximately 100 participants in attendance. The redevelopment project was completely funded through the generosity of the Friends of West University Place Parks Fund, Inc.