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Pacesetter to repave its parking lot in 3 phases


Pacesetter Park is going to upgrade its parking lot in three phases.

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Pacesetter Park will repave all of its parking lot in three phases, starting in August.

The first phase, repaving 112,000 square feet in the southern end of the parking, will take about two weeks and will cost $170,000, with another $40,000 budgeted for contingencies. Geddis Paving and Excavating is the contractor.

The work will be paid by Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District’s operating funds, generated from a 0.4-mill levy approved by voters in 2012, said John Pristash, recreation district chairman. The district oversees the Sylvania Recreation Corp. which operates Pacesetter as well as Centennial Terrace and Quarry and outdoor sport programs.

Next summer will be the second phase of the resurfacing, involving the mid-section of the parking at the park, or about 84,000 square feet. The last section, which is about 55,000 square feet, will be done in 2016. Cost estimates for the next phases has not yet been determined, said Mike McMahon, operations manager for Sylvania Recreation Corp.

Pacesetter, which has 25 soccer fields and eight baseball-softball diamonds, is 138 acres located off of Sylvania-Metamora Road in Sylvania Township, with a back entrance off of Mitchaw Road. It has more than 800 parking spots. Mr. McMahon said most of the lot has its original asphalt installed about 20 years ago when the park opened. 

”This is one of our assets as it draws thousands to the park with its soccer tournament,” Mr. Pristash said about the importance of maintaining the parking lot.

The project is being completed in phases to manage cost. Officials said it will use a process called full-depth reclamation, where the old asphalt is scrubbed off, reused to form the base, with new asphalt installed over it.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

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