Wolfe Park improvements well underway this summer

Wolfe Park is considered by many to be a jewel of Monroe with its swimming, pool, pavilions, ball fields and Great Hollow Lake.

MONROE, CT — First Selectman Ken Kellogg told Town Council members significant progress is being made on projects at Wolfe Park, from the construction of two new athletic fields to a reconstruction of the basketball courts.

“The reconstruction of the basketball courts is well underway,” he said in his first selectman update Monday evening. “New concrete has been poured and will take approximately one month to fully cure.”

Installation of new hoops, application of coloring, court lining, fencing, and final landscaping will be completed in the upcoming weeks, according to Kellogg, who said half of the courts will be lined for use for both basketball and pickleball play.

The new courts will open this fall.

“Construction of the new athletic fields is progressing very well, despite some challenges from heavy rain events in recent weeks,” Kellogg told the Town Council. “The large field is 90-percent complete and the smaller, practice field is roughly 75-percent complete.”

He said final grading, grass seeding, and completion of a pathway between the fields will be done by this fall.

“The fields will be available for use once grass growth has been fully established and stabilized for the relatively intense use, which is anticipated to take at least two growing seasons,” Kellogg said.

During Monday’s meeting, the Town Council voted unanimously to amend the agreement between Nagy Brothers Construction LLC and the town, extending the contract to October 31, 2023 due to the weather delays, providing more time to complete the fields.

The agreement was originally set to expire on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

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