Construction on the planned extension of the West Prong Greenway is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 3. The $250,000.00 project includes a retaining wall, observation areas, landscaping, lighting and paving. A TDEC grant has been received for $200,000.00 towards the project.
Although the extension only measures approximately seven-hundred feet in length, it poses a challenge due to soil conditions and placement of the retaining wall.
When completed, the extension will connect the existing West Prong Greenway on the west side of the river with the Parkway. The project is expected to be completed by March 1, 2020, weather and other conditions permitting.
Community Center Improvements
Sevierville Community Center
Several improvement projects are scheduled for the City of Sevierville Community Center this year. The 37-year old recreational facility is currently undergoing a complete roof replacement that started in May of this year. The $850,000.00 project is approximately 35% complete and is expected to be finished in October.
Blalock Natatorium will undergo major upgrades to the dehumidification system. The current equipment is almost twenty-years old and the upgrades will improve the air quality and increase system energy efficiency. The $175,000.00 project will begin in September and be completed later in the fall. The natatorium will remain open as work proceeds.
The Sevierville Community Center will soon have a new roof-the first since the facility was constructed in 1982. It is believed to be one of the first metal roofs used in Sevierville at the time.
The new roof overlay system will be installed over the old roof and will consist of more modern, advanced metals. Metal Roof Consultants from Cary, North Carolina is the chosen contractor. The $810,000.00 project is expected to be completed by October 15, 2019.
To minimize any potential accidents and increase public safety, the Parks and Recreation Department has dedicated the entire paved area in the back of the Community Center to the contractor during this project. Facility users will not be able to park in the rear paved area. Additionally, a new gate is being installed which will remain after construction and utilized to restrict vehicular traffic in the rear area for safety.