Arkville Recreational Center is 'springing up' rapidly
By Brian Sweeney
Progress on the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville is moving along on schedule with a May target date for the facility’s grand opening.
The Kingdon Gould Jr. family, which is building the community use center, also announced last week the hiring of Dana Lamsal as chief executive officer of the non-profit organization that will operate the indoor swimming pool and recreation facility.
Ms. Lamsal comes to the Arkville center from her position as aquatics director at the Roxbury, MA branch of the YMCA of Greater Boston.
Ms. Lamsal is a graduate of Springfield College where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management in May 2011. Over the past few years she had been engaged in aquatics activities and has certifications as lifeguard, as lifeguard instructor and as YMCA pool operator.
During a tour of the facility for Catskill Mountain News staff last week, Project Manager Mike Ryan of VIP Structures provided an overview on the building process.
Mr. Ryan said that construction is progressing as anticipated. He indicated that the final coat of material lining the Olympic-sized pool will be applied this month and the pool will then immediately be filled with water to begin the curing process.
Sheetrock work has been completed in the approximately 20,000-square-foot Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) and painting is expected to get underway this week.
The project manager said that windows for the CRC are on order, but will take about another six weeks before they arrive on site.
Tiling of shower areas is underway and should be finished within the next few weeks, Mr. Ryan indicated.
Approximately 4,000 square feet on the southern end of the building has been designated as an area that will house stationary bikes and other exercise equipment. This space can also be utilized for yoga, Pilates and similar workout programs.
He said that with four feet of ground frost and no immediate warm-up in sight, landscaping the CRC grounds is likely to take well in May for completion.
The center will also include playing fields and other areas for outdoor sporting events.
Twenty-five geothermal wells will be utilized for heating and cooling the center. Mr. Ryan said that a bank of solar panels will add to the facility’s “green” power.
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the CRC took place in early July 2013 and site preparation commenced several days later.
The CRC was in the planning stages for many years and Kingdon Gould Jr. said he’s pleased that the project is nearly ready for the public to enjoy. The Gould family is establishing a board of directors to oversee the operation.