The Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department has set dates for the installation of the recreation center’s new gym floor.
According to Parks and Recreation Department Director Eric Jelinski, the gym will be closed starting Oct. 12, when the floor will be taken apart and packed up. The town is selling the old court and has it listed on www.govdeals.com, an online marketplace for government agencies to sell confiscated and surplus items.
While the court’s color scheme is yet to be finalized, Jelinski said they will most likely be going with a light maple color for the main floor with a royal blue border and white paint for the basketball court markings. While only the gym will be closed off for most of the installation, Jelinski said that the entire building will have to be emptied for a few days after the lines are painted due to the fumes from the industrial paint being used.
The estimated date of completion for the project is Oct. 23, with Oct. 26 being the latest possible date they will open the entire facility to the public once again.
“The two-week time frame allows additional time for any issues that might come up,” said Jelinski.
While this is the last major upgrade the Parks and Recreation Department has planned for this year, Jelinski said they will be doing some general maintenance at Mike Chappell Park, including adding a kick back wall for soccer, a hit back wall for baseball, and installing a couple new water fountains with bottle fillers, among other things.
“We’re pretty much all tapped out after this,” Jelinski said of doing major facility updates, noting that they’ve upgraded several other rec center rooms, including the weight room and multi-purpose room, over the last couple of years.
The new-look gym will be ready for this winter’s youth basketball league season, which is currently open for registration. Practices are set to begin on Nov. 2 and games will start on Dec. 3.