While enjoying the amenities at Jervey Gantt and the Hampton Aquatic Center this summer, residents may notice a variety of changes.
That’s thanks to some recent renovations at the softball fields and pools implemented by city staff to upgrade the facilities and bring new life into old fixtures.
During the Ocala Recreation Commission’s regular meeting on May 9, staff gave an overview of some of the changes and improvements to the popular amenities around the city.
“The lighting is amazing, they’ve got all new dugouts; from the irrigation to entirely new fields,” the locations were completely upgraded, said Parks Division Head Bill Rodriguez of the softball fields at Jervey Gantt Park (2200 SE 36th Ave).
The fences encompassing the softball fields were extended to provide for extra room and are at competitive softball distances, according to staff.
In addition to the upgrades at the softball fields, city pools at Jervey Gantt and Hampton Aquatic Center (255 NW 16th Ave) went through some major improvements just in time for the summer months.
Recreation Division Head John Spencer indicated that both pools have been resurfaced, multiple fixtures have been replaced, and problematic areas around both pool surfaces have been addressed. In addition, while working on the piping systems, staff encountered rust and other issues that resulted in the installation of completely new pool pumps.
According to Spencer, Jervey Gantt Pool is scheduled to reopen to the public on Saturday, May 18, and the pool at the Hampton Aquatic Center will open the following weekend, Saturday, May 25. The pools will follow the traditional schedule and will remain open through Labor Day (September 2, 2019).