The pandemic has slowed upgrade supplies for four Welland parks

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Published October 27, 2021 at 10:41 am

COVID-19 has affected a lot of lives throughout its stubborn run but now the virus has even slowed the update completion of five parks in Welland.

While the contractors hired by the city knew there was a material shortage, it seem even they underestimated how much it would set them behind schedule.

“We’ve seen and heard of many projects, and not just with parks, being delayed as a result of lack of availability of materials,” said Rob Axiak, director of community services.

“It’s frustrating for all those involved, but it will be worth the wait. We plan to adapt to these changing timelines and do what we can to have the parks ready as soon as possible for everyone to enjoy.”

So it seems that for four of the five parks – Chippawa, Cooks Mills, Elmwood and Glenwood – will have delays to their needed updates pushed back at least a month, if not longer.

Sparrow Meadows is, of course, still in the conception phase. Its final design will be ready in the spring and its expected completion should be by fall 2022.

While all four parks can be used to a certain degree, the upgrades are necessary. Excavation, drainage and concrete work is needed at all four and the installation of new play equipment has likewise been pushed back.

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