December 6, 2021

Wickwire work on track

Pool house upgrade expected to wrap in early fall

Travis Dunn/staff reporter

Workers from C&D Construction complete the half-stone facade at the back of the Wickwire pool house. Work, before the coronavirus pandemic, was to be completed by the end of the school year.

The pandemic lockdown in New York put the kibosh on many construction projects across the state, but at least one anticipated local project — the renovation of the Wickwire pool house at Suggett Park — is back on track.

John McNerney, Cortland’s director of parks and recreation, said work on the project resumed May 18, the day that Gov. Andrew Cuomo allowed nonessential construction to begin.

“That has impacted the completion date,” he said.

He estimated the project will now be completed by late August at the earliest or sometime in the early fall at the latest.

Initially, the city hoped for the project to be completed in time for summer. But that was long before COVID-19, which threw everything out of whack.

Wednesday, workers with C&D Construction were working inside the pool house and on the stone work on the back of the building.

“It’s progressing along nicely,” McNerney said.

The project is expected to cost $682,000, of which $407,000 will be covered by a state Environmental Protection Fund grant, and another $235,000 will be paid through a city fund for Community Development Block Grant repayments.

The project will completely renovate the inside and outside of the building, providing new roofing, bathrooms and locker rooms, a bathroom accessible from the outside, a public address system, roofing over the currently open-air shower areas, a disabled-accessible ramp and new pool deck lighting.