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Marina’s south beach gets facelift
by Garreett Valenzuela
Mar 31, 2012 | 1525 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Part of the Marina expansion project will involve extending the grassy area to what is now the sandy area that extends to the retaining walls. The expamded area will be used special events and volleyball courts.
Tribune/John Byrne Part of the Marina expansion project will involve extending the grassy area to what is now the sandy area that extends to the retaining walls. The expamded area will be used special events and volleyball courts.
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SPARKS — The Sparks Marina will undergo major changes to its southern peninsula to enlarge and enhance the area for potential events, giving Sparks residents 40 percent more space, diverse event options and an overall more enjoyable marina experience.

“The marina is underutilized for special events,” said Adam Mayberry, spokesman for the City of Sparks. “(The addition) will make the marina more attractive and easier to recruit for events.”

The project, beginning in April, will add two retaining walls that will set apart the expanded turf area and leave the beach area for special events. Views of marina events will also be improved with the addition of a hand-railed walkway atop the new wall. Other adjustments to the area will include volleyball courts for public or tournament use, new irrigation and electrical systems and the relocation of memorial trees.

Gradex Construction Company plans to begin enhancing the marina at the end of April. Gradex was awarded the $392,000 reconstruction project Monday during a Sparks City Council meeting, ending a bidding match that tallied 14 bids in a span of about three weeks. July 4 is the estimated date for completion.

The limitations of south beach were cited as the main reason for expansion by the city council. The beach does not allow swimming due to lack of lifeguards. The turf area has been a popular spot to hold special events. However, the events were crowded and limited due to the beach occupying more space than the turf. Mayberry said the increase of turf will allow for a variety of events.

“The sky is the limit,” Mayberry said, adding that the size of the beach would be reduced but would not hinder its use to marina visitors. “It will help support the branding efforts of the city and help make Sparks a place where something is always happening.”
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