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Woodward Working Toward Grand Opening

The Woodward youth recreation facility near Kilby Road is scheduled to have its Grand Opening this Saturday, Dec. 14th.     Summit County’s Development Director Pat Putt has been keeping an eye on the progress.

During his regular monthly report to KPCW, Putt said workers at the Woodward site are pushing hard to get their Certificate of Occupancy by the deadline.      

“They’re getting really, really close.   I think they have a small village of people working, close to around the clock, inside the building to finish up a number of the improvements.  We’re confident based on the energy that’s going on inside the building that they’re gonna be able to open on time here within the next week or so.”

He said he made a trip to the site last week.     Putt said one item of interest was the control over lighting and snowmaking on the site.        

“The way the approval is set up for the project, the lights have to be turned off at 10 o’clock—those lights that light the tubing and the ski hill.   What we saw, and have been told is the lighting is programmed to go off at 9:45.  It’s set up in zone grids, so that the lights that are gonna be on, are gonna be the ones that are being used for those specific areas.    So they’re just only using a portion of the tubing and ski terrain.   They don’t have to always have all of the lights on.  They’re compliant.  I feel confident that, in terms of the placement of the lighting, the heights of the poles, the illumination standards of that, that they meet the standards of the existing code.”

Putt added they had received complaints that lights on the snow-making guns were illuminating the snow plumes.   In response, the lights have been adjusted downward.

They’re also talking with Powdr representatives about minimizing parking lot lighting in the late-night hours, while leaving on some lights for safety.

They’re also looking at lights around the affordable-housing units.       

“It’s in that detached, sort of free-standing building further to the east.  They’re up above the maintenance building.  They’ll be eight affordable units.  We took a look at those.   My understanding is, is those will be ready for occupancy as soon as February.”

Summit County Development Director Pat Putt.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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