New Pool Rendering Updated on 4.28.22

Aquatic and Community Center Project


By Sean Ward, Director of Parks & Recreation

Picture 3 of construction on the aquatic center property dated 10.4.22Fall is in the air.  Leaves turning colors and falling to the ground signify change is coming.  That same ground amassing piles of leaves is the start of the new, developing aquatic and community center site.  The site’s construction is quickly materializing, becoming a splendid visual locale for a destination that will emerge as the hub for the City of Mayfield Heights. For the last five months, the A.M. Higley Co. has made its base at the Marsol Road site with daily workers excavating and installing stormwater retention structures, sanitary piping, and water and electric lines.  The underground work is nearly completed and allows the crew to turn their attention towards the pump pit and surge tanks for the new pool, followed by foundation work for the pool and community center.

Driving by the site, the almost complete service yard adjacent to the aquatic and community center is noticeable.  This newly added portion of the Service Department is part of the overall project. The service yard is scheduled to be ready in time for fall leaf collection.  To help conceal this area, a buffer was added and will be flanked with trees and a fence to divide the service yard from the aquatic and community center. Currently, the entire site on Marsol Road is being prepped for the winter season, where continued development will be seen in the coming months in preparation for the opening in the summer of 2023. 

Learn how the aquatic and community center project began, pictures of its progress, and more here

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Feb 22

Positivity and Confidence are Contagious

Posted on February 22, 2023 at 11:02 AM by Tammy Clines


By: Sean Ward, Parks & Recreation Director

Areal View of the entire aquatic and community center project site

Positivity and Confidence are Contagious


A well-respected colleague in the Parks and Recreation Office set an example of positivity and confidence daily till the day she retired. In fact, she had a signature three-letter word, a word probably spoken a hundred times a day by everyone without thought, but when she spoke it, it garnered positivity and confidence...WOW! Even on a dreary winter night, as snow and wind bluster and pierce your body, streets void of cars, and establishments with an ambiance of an apocalyptic movie, positivity prevailed with her. "WOW! The kids will be happy there won't be school. There has to be a snow day tomorrow, right?" Deciding to emphasize the positive aspect of such a dreadful night brought a calming and confident nature to the rest of the evening for all of us in the department. 

So, when is the simple utterance of a positive and confident "WOW!" worthy? 

In prior blogs, I've written about how the Aquatic and Community Center has progressed quickly, especially since the buildings began to emerge from the ground. On a recent construction site tour, you could see the crews working furiously to ready the facility by summer. Although there is no guarantee or an estimated timeline, the rapid progress of this project prompts a positive and confident WOW! 

WOW! worthy construction project highlights include: 

  • All portions of the buildings have slab flooring, including the last two completed areas, the community center kitchen, and the mechanical room.  
  • Roof decking is being completed on the gymnasium, bathroom and electrical space, senior fitness, and community center rooms. The lobby, Parks and Recreation Department Offices, and kitchen areas will follow. 
  • After the gymnasium is completed, the focus will shift to sprinkler pipe installation, duct work, and electrical work.
  • Framing in the community center and gymnasium restrooms have been completed, and once the roof decking is complete in the community center building, other interior framings will begin. This will include electrical conduits, rain leader connections in the gymnasium, and interior work in the community center rooms.
  • Bollards are being poured in the rear of the building to protect an electrical transformer. When the bollards are complete, the second layer of veneer brick will be laid outside the building.
  • Pool walls are poured to the gutter, with backfilling of the walls to follow.  
  • Pool slide pit excavation will begin this week.

WOW! Mother Nature again provides an extended window of good weather, allowing the project to move rapidly, and the construction crew is taking full advantage of it.  

WOW! Positive this project will make the community proud.

WOW! Confident the construction crew will finish this project in a timely manner.


WOW! The bones of the building are visible, and the interior will start to materialize, and before too long, you will see those smiles and sounds of laughter emanating from the Aquatic and Community Center. 

Positivity and confidence are contagious. So, stay positive and have confidence that this project is just the beginning of something special emerging in our city that will continue to WOW! us for many, many years.  

See updated photos of the construction progress here.


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