Ahead of Summer, Ocean Pines to Complete Key Capital Projects

The Ocean Pines Association has announced the completion of a series of capital projects ahead of the summer season. The association has hammered out several construction assignments, from taking a step toward making bridges in Ocean Pines safer to renovating dated bathrooms and locker rooms within key amenities.

“It shows we have a board that is committed to change and to completing much-needed projects,” said Brett Hill, acting general manager of the Ocean Pines Association. “We took fiscal responsibility of the budget and managed to update every major asset within our current fiscal reserve.”

After being on the table for years in Ocean Pines, bridge work to Ocean Parkway and Clubhouse Drive will soon be behind us.

“Despite the aggravation with the lane closures, we’re seeing that project come close to an end,” said Hill. “The entire project should be done by Memorial Day.”

Work to both bridges began on July 12, 2016.

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Other recently completed projects include new construction of the stand-alone bathhouse at White Horse Park, replacement of the gymnasium floor at the Ocean Pines Community Center and major renovations as well as structural repairs to Ocean Pines Golf Club.

“We brought bathrooms that were 40 years out-of-date into modern appearance with all new tile and stone work,” said Hill.

The Tern Grille at Ocean Pines, in particular, received a bulk of the attention. It was renovated to improve efficiency and expand dining options. The preexisting bar was replaced with an extended bar.

“There’s a beautiful new bar with almost double the seating capacity,” he said. “We now have ten high-definition televisions broadcasting 4K. After you’ve finished your 18th hole, come up for a cold beer.”

The Tern Grille is sporting a new tap system, showcasing six beers. Also on tap is a new lineup of weekend entertainment. In the summer months, Hill said the Tern Grille will feature Friday and Saturday night entertainment. The LIVE music will be just another reason for residents and guests to come and enjoy the awe-inspiring vista from the clubhouse.

IMG_6100“I think it’s exciting seeing all of the activities on the course,” said Hill. “I am very confident in Andre’s ability.” He was referring to new superintendent Andre Jordan. The golf superintendent is charged with maintaining the golf course.

According to the facilities department in Ocean Pines, more than 2/3 of the greens have been seeded and aerated. Fairways have all been aerated with a verti-quake machine.

The plan is to update and add color to landscaping on the golf course and to redesign the front lawn landscape. It is an ongoing project that should be completed by the end of spring. Bulkhead repairs are also scheduled for holes 9 and 18.

“The fact that Ocean Pines has more control over the course, we’re seeing a lot more activity in bringing projects, which were not prioritized in the same fashion with the previous manager, to fruition,” said Hill.

The building’s second floor is now faced with a reconfiguration project. A new conference room and deck are included in the final floor plan. The renovations are making for a better playing experience for the golfers.

As for the Manklin Playground project, construction by River Valley Recreation, a division of River Valley Landscapes Inc., is scheduled for April 17, 2017. A new playground for toddlers to children who are 12 years old will be installed. The association has chosen to keep a piece of the past park by placing the existing gazebo in the center of the new playground. Crews will remove all of the old mulch and replace it with brand new mulch to match the décor of the play equipment. They are also replacing the ramps and timbers around the exterior of the playground.

Meanwhile in Ocean City, Willow Construction is busy renovating the Ocean Pines Beach Club. The company started working on the project March 6, 2017. The completion of the project is scheduled for May 11, 2017. The framing, the exhaust, the plumbing, the drywall and tile work to the upstairs bathroom are all complete. “Putting the right leadership and money behind the [Ocean Pines Association] staff gave them the ability to implement projects that were way overdue,” said Hill.

Hill said an updated maintenance plan coupled with changes in the Public Works department will help lead the association in the right direction and will protect the investments of Ocean Pines’ homeowners.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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