But Tuesday morning, the park was open and groups of walkers were back on the park's walking trails.
The park, located on SW 4 just west of
During Tuesday's announcement,
"In our great challenges we find opportunities for renewal," Lewis said. "We are grateful to Devon for this gift that is helping make
A playground is scheduled to be installed in July. Later, Jenson hopes to see a second playground, a splash pad and more pavilions. He also hopes to see the city develop the western side of the park, which had gone undeveloped in the past.
The walking trail that winds through the park wasn't affected by the storm, Jenson said, but heavy construction equipment damaged it later. City officials hope to repair the trail and lengthen it farther into the southern and western ends of the park, he said.
The new amenities will make the park a better place for the community to gather, Jenson said, but they won't replace everything the park lost in the storm. The tornado took about 3,600 trees when it swept through the park, he said.
As the work goes on, Jenson said he's pleased to see residents using their park again.
"To some people, it's almost like a part of them was missing," he said. "It's just one more step in the healing process for that neighborhood and the community as a whole."
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