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Wessell Park hums with improvement projects

POSTED: September 17, 2013 11:48 p.m.

Johnny Corn of Simpson Trucking & Grading grades the area at Wessell Park on Tuesday as major park renovations continue. Renovations include replacing existing tennis and basketball courts with new ones and building landscaping walls to prevent erosion,

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Wessell Park is in full swing with construction improvements that are expected to be done by the end of October.

Simpson Trucking and Grading has completed all but some sidewalks at the park at 493 Holly Drive in Gainesville, for the first stage of the project, which began in June.

Plans call for replacing two existing tennis courts and one basketball court with a regulation-sized tennis and basketball court as well as building landscaping walls to prevent erosion.

Sunbelt Asphalt has installed the new base asphalt layer for the tennis and basketball courts, said Michael Graham, deputy director of Gainesville Parks and Recreation.

That will require a month of curing time before the courts can be finished, he said. Fencing should begin within the next few weeks.

The replacement of the courts, along with the demolition of the Historic Green Street Pool, is Phase 1 of Gainesville Parks and Recreation’s plan to upgrade the city’s parks, Graham said.

The dirt from the grading of the park will be used to fill in the pool, which is to be converted to green space, Graham said.

These renovations are the result of nine years of effort to give Wessell Park a new face.


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