Plans to build a $1.5 million city park in Boaz are finally materializing.

The park that will consist of an amphitheater, a splash pad, playgrounds, multiple pavilions and a walking trail is expected to be open to the public in April 2019, according to Boaz Mayor David Dyar. He said shovels could be in the dirt in a matter of weeks.

“We’re hopeful to get started on the new park soon,” Dyar said. “Hopefully it will be completed by April. We have to put the bids out for a contractor, as we’re required to do by the state, and once we do that we’re going to try and have the bid opening by mid-July to the first of August.”

The new park will be located at the old spinning mill property between Brown Street and Darnell Street,

neighboring the Piggly Wiggly grocery store just off Alabama Highway 168.

The city approved a $12 million bond issue for the park project as well as a new recreation complex.

Dyar said the much-anticipated recreation complex has been put on hold while the council works to decide where it should be located. The council currently seems to be split between moving it to the old outlet center and keeping it at its original location on King Street.

Dyar said whichever location the council agrees upon, he foresees the new complex to be built and opened by 2020.

Preliminary plans for the rec center include an outdoor area with an eight-lane regulation pool for competitions. Inside the facility will be a gym with a regulation-sized basketball court that can be shifted into two regulation-sized courts if necessary. There will also be an upstairs walking track above the court.

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