Warm Weather Means Early Start to Construction at Centennial Pool

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM EDT

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Warm Weather Means Early Start to Construction at Centennial Pool

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Construction season is now underway in Buffalo. 

Mayor Byron W. Brown and Department of Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak on Wednesday announced the start of a new round of upgrades at Centennial Pool, located in LaSalle Park along Porter Avenue. 

According to a news release:

The construction project, which was scheduled to start in April, includes improvements to D.A.R. Drive, which leads to Centennial Pool.

“It’s very unusual,” said Mayor Brown of the extended warm snap that has lulled people and plants into an early spring. “Everything, including the start of construction, is getting shifted around as a result of the mild conditions.”

The $1 million redevelopment project, paid for by Greenway funds and City of Buffalo bond funds, includes the reconstruction of D.A.R. Drive, a repaved parking lot, and the installation of a new rain garden, a growing revitalization trend across the nation.  The garden will consist of trees, shrubs and grasses, and serve an important environmental function by cleansing storm water before it enters the ground.  The park like area will also serve as an attractive gateway to Centennial Pool.

This project is part of the LaSalle Park Master Plan which includes already completed improvements to the playground and shelter at Centennial Pool, as well as the foot of Porter Avenue.  Completion of this project will make the Buffalo eligible for additional funding from the New York Department of State for additional pavement improvements to D.A.R. Drive and Amvets Drive.

A newly reconstructed Centennial Pool reopened in 2010 after the city allocated $3 million worth of upgrades for repairs to the pool deck area, the roof of the pool building, and the installation of a new water filtration and pumping system.

Residents and visitors of LaSalle Park should be advised that D.A.R. drive will be temporarily limited to one-way traffic out of the park. Signage is in place to direct park users to enter the park at Amvets Drive. The design was completed by Marquis Engineering, P.C. The contractor is Destro Brothers Concrete Co., Inc.