Willis Park in Avondale may reopen on April 18Willis Park in Avondale Estates. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
After several months of renovations, the city of Avondale Estates says Willis Park will soon reopen.
“Willis Park is tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 18,” an announcement from the city says. “The contractors are working on completing the final phase of the renovation. A final walk through with the contractors is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13. The walk through will determine if the park is able to reopen on Monday, April 18.
“Upon reopening, the new playground equipment, benches, swings, pathways and pavilion will be fully accessible, however, the playing field will remain fenced off so the sod can fully establish for about 30 days. The city thanks everyone for their patience during the renovation.”
Willis Park, named after town founder George Francis Willis, is located off of Dartmouth Avenue and across from the Museum School on Forrest Boulevard. After renovations, the park will have a new entrance, pavilion, and new playground equipment.
In August, the Avondale Estates City Commission awarded three contracts for the project worth over $600,000. City Manager Clai Brown said the final cost of the project isn’t known at this time.
“Final costs have not been finalized,” Brown said. “The punch list walk through of the park is scheduled for April 13th. Once that has been completed and all items closed then all costs will be finalized.”