Griggs pool expected by next summer

Published 7:49 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2023

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Start looking for swimsuits. The planned pool at the William J. Griggs Center is expected to be open by the start of next summer.

During the Troup County Board of Commissioners work session on Tuesday morning, Assistant County Manager Jay Anderson provided an update on several ongoing capital projects including an estimated start and completion date for the new pool.

Anderson said the pool construction will be done in two phases. A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued for site work grading, which is expected to get started in October with scheduled completion in December. An RFP for the pool construction is expected to go out this month with construction expected to begin after the grading is done in December.

The pool is expected to be completed by May 2024.

The full Griggs Center Phase II renovations as designed by architect Smith Design Group will include the new swimming pool and a new pool house.

Funding for the project was provided by the Callaway Foundation, ARPA funds from the Governor’s Office and SPLOST V.

Gov. Brian Kemp also provided Troup County with similar funds, $2.2 million, for the construction of a pickleball complex near the Active Life Senior Center.

Anderson said the complex will have eight covered courts, and sixteen uncovered courts as well as a covered pavilion, restrooms and a seating area. The complex will utilize the current parking at the Harris Baseball Complex.

The project is expected to begin construction in January 2024 and be completed by the end of 2024.

As for ongoing projects, the demolition of a portion of the former Whitesville Road Elementary School to pave the way for the upcoming soccer complex is nearing completion.

The county plans to send an RFP in February 2023 and begin construction the following May. The complex is expected to be completed by September 2023.

The Oakfuskee Conservation Center at Pyne Road Park is also nearing completion. The scheduled completion is estimated to be in October or November 2023. The work will need to be done by then as the county has already booked the location for events in December.

“We’ve got probably half a dozen events already booked for December already. We’re starting to look as far out as October of 2024,” County Manager Eric Mosley said.

Funding for the project was provided by the Callaway Foundation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, SPLOSTs IV, V and V as well as ARPA funds.