GIRARD — City officials are moving forward to get the 80-year-old city gym updated and remodeled.
Mayor Jim Melfi said the city is unique in that it has a gym located inside its building.
“We are one of the few communities that has a gymnasium inside city hall. It may be a little gym, but it has gotten a lot of use for years by the public,” he said.
The gym, which is used by the public for walking, volleyball and basketball, as well as for local school events and organizations that hold fundraisers and sales, is located by the former police department. Adults and children both use the gym.
Mefli said the gym is showing its age with wear and tear over the years.
One issue that is being addressed is to get more natural light into the space. Officials said when the new municipal justice center building was added onto the old city hall building, one wall was changed and windows were removed.
“The gym is dark and needs more natural light,” Melfi said.
He said plans are to change the lighting and install new windows to create a way for light to get through.
Melfi said the flooring is also being looked at to see if it can be refurbished with material that will be more resistant to wear and tear. Work will be done to improve the gym walls, bleachers and restrooms. Work also will include drywalling and plastering.
He said the project cost will be determined later. Joe Grazziano Construction is doing the work.
Read more in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.