Fraser: New Pole Creek Clubhouse set to open May 23 |

Fraser: New Pole Creek Clubhouse set to open May 23

The new golf course clubhouse at the Pole Creek Golf Club is set to open to the public Saturday, May 23 (weather permitting).

Ground was broken on the new $3.5 million clubhouse last summer, as part of the community enhancement projects being completed by the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. Voters approved bonds that paid for the clubhouse as well as the new rec center being built in the Fraser Valley.

Ryan Smelker of ARC, the district’s construction management consultant, said “We’re getting really close” to being finished at the clubhouse during the district’s May 5 board meeting.

By May 19, Big Valley Construction, the Granby-based general contractor for the project, hopes to turn the clubhouse over to the District.

“We hope to be open by May 22, a Friday,” Smelker said. “We’re looking for the certificate of occupancy May 15.”

The district is hoping the first day of golf for the public will be Saturday, May 23.

A grand opening celebration is set for 4 to 7p.m. Saturday, June 6.

“We’re looking forward to it. I think we’re going to make it,” said Larry Burks, golf course manager.

Construction on the recreation center being built in Fraser is also moving ahead on schedule.

Figures as of April 15 released Tuesday night, show that the recreation center is 48% complete.

“All in all I think we’re doing really well on the budget side,” said Scott Brown of ARC construction management, the management consultant hired by the recreation district.

And Mud management, as opposed to mud slinging – has come to be one of the issues being addressed aggressively at the site of the new recreation center in Fraser. The melting snow, recent heavy rains and high moisture in general have contributed to lots of water at the site that’s causing some problems with mud, Brown said.

Brown added that he and the project’s engineers are making sure that there won’t be any condensation issues in the new facility.

“The design team has done a really good job of making sure all those areas are addressed,” he said.

Brown reported to the board that add-ons to the project have been made available because of additional grants and reductions in contingencies. These additions include a look at the whirlpool, additions to the exterior snowmelt system, consideration of a more interesting waterslide, an enhanced pool play structure and a fireplace in the lobby.

Brown reported that in the next two weeks the contractors should finish gym painting, specialty features, core area slab on deck and slab on grade and the natatorium lap pool. Work on the leisure pool should start soon.

“Overall, everything is going really well and I think they’re making a lot of good progress,” Brown said.

Board president Dan O’Connell added that he thought the progress of construction so far “looks really good.”