Crews are expected to complete the construction and installation of a new cooking station at the park this week that will allow up to six different parties to cook under the trees next to the Oostanaula River.
“It was an idea that we saw while on a staff retreat,” Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority Parks Superintendent Todd Wofford said.
“We’ve always had a problem with the metal grills down there rusting and not lasting long. We thought this would be a safer and better way across the board.”
The project, which is being supervised by Gary Victor at Classic Rock and Stone, LLC, began last Wednesday with the pouring of new concrete pads.
Some of the bricks used to construct the cooking station were salvaged from Memorial Gym, which once sat next to Barron Stadium.
Wofford said being able to recycle the bricks is an example of how they are trying to cut costs while still improving the quality of life for residents.
Once completed, the new station would have fire brick interiors and include areas to place buns and keep them warm.
Concrete specialist Mike Kemp was working on finishing the framework of the station Tuesday and said it had not been too difficult fitting the older bricks in with the new ones.
“I think what they’re doing is a good idea,” Kemp said.
Wofford said if the station proves popular, they consider adding another section and perhaps constructing a shelter over the grilling stations.