Miller Park set to reopen Friday after $10 million remodel
The remodeled Miller Park opens Friday. It has been closed more than a year for renovations.
City leaders want the park to become the heart of the downtown Chattanooga community.
The final touches were made on Thursday night.
"We took all the fence down. We're finishing up the side walk work. We picked up litter, trash; a lot of just the final touches have been installed," public works director Justin Holland said.
The park features a big open area, stage, art, and a place to plug in and do work.
"Because innovation doesn't come when people sit alone, it comes when people from different backgrounds talk to each other, engage each other, and this is a fantastic new place for this to happen," said Mayor Andy Berke.
The renovations cost more than $10 million dollars. The city paid just over $4 million, which included changes to Martin Luther King Boulevard, and the rest of the funding came from donations and partnerships.
"This is the epicenter of our community, but it is also the heart of our community," Councilman Erskine Ogelsby said.
The park also showcases a "rock outcropping," an interactive art feature that is made of limestone from the Chattanooga area.
City leaders hope the new park is a meeting place for people, new location for concerts, and an overall vibrant part of the city.
"All those little bitty things that you love to see in a park and in a final project have come together today and we're really excited about it," Holland said.
The grand opening starts Friday morning at 11:00 and will continue through the evening.
The park will be open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Security guards will patrol it.