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Park upgrades underway in Southington

Park upgrades underway in Southington

SOUTHINGTON — Park work underway or planned for this summer includes new tennis courts, new basketball courts and a renovated concession stand at Veterans Memorial Park.

Highway and Parks Department Superintendent Annette Turnquist said the town is also considering fountains for the Recreation and Memorial park ponds to help prevent algae.

Workers with BMP Construction of Danbury began renovations to the concession stand at Memorial Park, located off Woodruff Street, about a month ago and plan to finish in the fall.

The Southington Midget Football League renovated the kitchen a few years ago, Turnquist said, but other areas needed attention.

“The main part is the bathrooms. They were in rough shape, they were outdated, they weren’t up to ADA standard,” she said. “(The exterior) is getting a nice facelift with some stone, a new roof.”

The stand has had problems with flooding. Turnquist said contractors will regrade the area around the stand so water doesn’t flow into the bathrooms, a problem in the past.

Other than the renovated bathrooms, the inside will remain mostly the same.

The work is going to cost just under $300,000, less than the town’s initial estimate, according to Turnquist.

“They’re moving along really great on that project,” she said. “I think it’s going to look really great when it’s done.”

The concession stand is mainly for the Southington Midget Football League. League president Thomas Goldfuss couldn’t be reached Monday.

Adam Tarfano, president of the Southington North Little League, said his group uses the bathrooms at the football concession stand during the year. They were in need of improvement “big time.”

“Generally, the town keeps them very clean. But they’re outdated and they need a little refresh,” Tarfano said.

The town is also resurfacing tennis and basketball courts this summer.
Turnquist said they’ll be doing the work at one park at a time to keep some playing surfaces in town useable.

“We’ve had them patched over the years, but this is a whole resurfacing,” Turnquist said.

The town’s website, www.southington.org, has information on which tennis and basketball courts will be closed. Those at Memorial Park were closed as of Monday.

Turnquist is considering fountains to keep water moving at the Memorial and Recreation park ponds. The Memorial park pond may not be deep enough, she said. Fountains would keep the water moving and prevent algae from covering the surface.

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