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Park office staff come together in renovated space

July 17, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

After 36 years serving as office space and party rental, the Georgianna Parker Activity Center has undergone a renovation and addition. The facility was completed last week and the center was reopened.

"It was part of our master plan to keep our buildings up to date," said Park Director Dan Slagle. "We have made (the center) more energy efficient as well as ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible."

The center was originally dedicated on Oct. 3, 1976 in honor of Miss Georgianna Parker, a longtime teacher with Boardman Schools. She had bequeathed a substantial amount of money to the park that enabled the center to be constructed. The cost to build it back then was $107,597.07.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Boardman Park’s office staff love the new look and added space at the Georgianna Parker Activity Center that was officially reopened last week. Pictured are Park Director Dan Slagle, secretaries Sheryle Snow and Mary Ann Miklas, and Recreation Director Karen McCallum.

The recent renovation included making the center ADA accessible, adding new windows, doors, lighting, flooring and expanding the office space. The office now has ample desk space as well as a larger visitor reception area, employee lunchroom a conference area and a new air conditioning-heating unit. It also brought the office staff together under one roof.

"Karen McCallum, our recreation director, used to be housed in the back [maintenance] building," Slagle said. "Now all the office staff is under one roof."

The cost of the project came in at $302,000. Working on the project was architect Robert A Mastriana of the 4M Co., and contractors Joseph Sylvester Construction Company, Tri-Area Electric Company, Charniga Plumbing and Heating Company and York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors.

Slagle said the crews had a time limit to finish the project. The activity room and restrooms had to be completed by June 1 as the next day the center had a reservation scheduled.

"They worked hard and met the deadline," Slagle said.

Last week, the offices were completed and the staff moved the operations back inside the center. A portable trailer was serving as the office during the project.

This week, the final touches were added in a series of new filing cabinets.

Reservations clerk Sheryle Snow said the new offices allows for breathing room and the view is great. The offices are surrounded with windows to bring in the outdoors. One can stand anywhere in the office complex and see the surrounding park and landscape.

"I love this," Snow said. "Before we were cramped together."



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