Pool project to cost park district $474K

By Jessie Molloy

The Oak Lawn Park District will spend $474,000 to renovate Centennial Pool.

The park district’s board of commissioners voted Monday to award the project to Simpson Construction on the recommendation of Gary Pingel, vice president of PHN Architects. Bellwood-based Simpson was the lowest bidder for the project, and submitted a bid $2,000 less than the park district had allotted for the project.

Work on Centennial Pool, 9401 Nashville Ave, is expected to begin in early December, according to park district officials. The project includes new gutters intended to improve water recirculation, upgrades to the bathhouse’s exterior and roof, interior refinishing of the bathhouse, and accessibility improvements. The work is scheduled to continue through the offseason and be finished next spring.

Pingel informed the board another project at Centennial Park, that the construction of the addition to the Community Pavilion, is proceeding according to plan. The addition’s walls are scheduled to be erected Nov. 19 and 20.

In other park district news, the board honored outgoing state Sen. Ed Maloney (D-18, Chicago), who attended the meeting with his wife, Noreen. The board thanked Maloney by presenting the couple with lifetime passes to all park district facilities.

Maloney said the gesture was “especially meaningful” because he came into politics through the park district system and spent 28 years teaching at Oak Lawn Community High School.

“Oak Lawn is a special place for me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to using my lifetime pass.”