New Councilmember Justin Jones is wasting no time getting to work.
The just-appointed District 3 representative will host his first community meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Robinson Park Community Center.
The meeting will include updates on the Center’s construction and security enhancements.
An earlier phase of the project involved a 2.5-acre expansion of the existing park and improvement of the site with new soccer and baseball fields, installation of synthetic turf, construction of new restroom and storage facilities, new sports field lighting, site amenities and parking lot.
The design of the new pool and pool building renovations at Robinson Park was completed last year.
The plans show the pool building will be reconfigured and renovated to provide ADA compliance upgrades and improvements to the facility’s functionality. Shower rooms will be converted to meet ADA standards as well as provide two new family-friendly restrooms with showers.
The reconfiguration will create space for new first aid and staff locker rooms and provide an ADA-compliant path-of-travel to the pool. Building finishes will be updated throughout, according to the plans.
The project will be funded from the Capital Improvement Program with estimated costs of $5.9 million. Justifying the expense, the Public Works Department said Robinson Park is one of the most heavily used facilities in the City, serving approximately 400 users per day.
The City Council appointed Jones last Thursday after interviews with three applicants, Lucious Smith, Brandon Lamar and Jones.
The appointment fills the vacancy left by the death of John Kennedy on July 21.