MARINETTE — The Marinette Parks & Recreation Committee received a brief update on the progress at the Community REC Center in its Tuesday meeting from Executive Recreation Director Gavin Scray. 

“There’s not a lot of changes,” Scray said of the work inside the building. “We did talk to some of the contractors left to do work so we can tie up some of the loose ends, one of them being installing the rubber flooring in the ice arena itself, so that will get us further along.” 

Scray and Mayor Steve Genisot said that the most important update regarding the facility is the one from The Boldt Company, the construction management company hired to remove the exterior wall panels and replace them. Shop drawings for the project were expected by the city on Wednesday, and work to remove the existing panels will begin on site around Oct. 15. 

“The (replacement) panels are supposed to show up on Oct. 22, and then the tentative timeline for things to be completed is 10 weeks,” Scray said. 

He reminded the committee that the schedule is not set in stone, and the project could still be completed by the requested finish date of Dec. 14 depending on how many work crews Boldt chooses to assign to the project. 

“With the 10 weeks, that would put us in January,” Scray said. “But the schedule could change by the day.” 

Alderperson-at-large Dorothy Kowalski asked if the building would be ready for occupancy by the time the wall panel installation is finished. Scray said there were a few things that would still need to be finished, such as the balancing of the HVAC system, which cannot be completed until the building is airtight. Outside installations such as cameras or signage would likely not delay the opening, he said. 

The committee took no action on the topic. In other business, the committee: 

■ Discussed the possibility of installing a splash pad at Teacher’s Park. After reviewing designs presented by Scray, the committee decided to focus on other parks projects before finding funding for a splash pad. 

■ Discussed the possibility of using rubber mulch in city park playgrounds. The committee decided to test out the rubber mulch in one park before deciding to switch other parks to the material, and chose Higley Park as the test site. 

■ Discussed the possibility of limiting the number of tents per campsite at the City Park campground. The committee decided to examine city ordinances regarding the park’s campsites before taking any action.