Clean-Up Needed Before Architectural Work Can Begin At Red Brick

(BEDFORD) – The Bedford Parks Board met on Tuesday afternoon and was updated on what is taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grady Dalton takes a swing at a ball at Murray Forest Park Tuesday afternoon

Board members were told that Bledsoe Cooper Riggert James recommended a different architect to oversee the project at the Red Brick. Matheu Architects, PC was recommended. However, they stated the building needed to be cleaned up prior to bidding on the project.

Austin Moffatt and Daniele Hardy walk their dog and sit in the grass on Tuesday afternoon at the John Lowry Pool

Therefore a company will need to be hired to clean-up the damage. Park Director Barry Jeskewich stated that he did not believe that the clean-up needed to be bid on.

Cora and Elsle Burris play at the Thornton Park Pavilion while their mother Maddie kept an eye close by.

The Board authorized the Bedford Clerk-Treasurer to pay Graber Building for work that is being done. The checks will be paid prior to the board being able to meet again. The payments are in three installments as the work is being performed.

Two fields were utilized at Murray Forest Park on Tuesday afternoon. Softball registration has been put on hold but a few enjoyed some softball fun.

Due to the events of COVID-19, there was no recreation report. However, Jeskewich gave updates to board members on what is going on since they last met.

Audio: Barry Jeskewich comments

They were able to complete a lot of projects that they would not normally be able to do since the parks are normally being utilized this time of year. Plenty of work has been done at Otis Park including taking down trees, working around the fairways, greens, and golf course.

Workarounds on the disc golf course are still being performed and decorating around the T-pads and cleaning up is also taking place.

Other items discussed:

  • Orbit season has been canceled.
  • Softball registration is still on hold.
  • The slide pump will be replaced at the John Lowery Pool.
  • The pool will not be opened by Memorial Day this year. The pool will not be filled just yet. It will be put on hold until the Governor starts easing up on social distancing restrictions.
  • The Duck Derby will be held at a later time. This is an annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County.

There are several online programs available on Facebook and parents and children are encouraged to look at them. Currently, a reading program is underway, with stories being read by various community members.

People are utilizing the parks and using social distancing. No large groups have been observed. Some are enjoying the golf course and the hope is that will generate future members.

The process of hiring a Golf Pro is still underway and the interview process is expected to start shortly.