Old Mill Park in Boaz is set to open Friday, Aug. 9.
Before up-and-coming “Southern rock-meets-country” duo Muscadine Bloodline takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony and flag dedication led by the Boaz Veterans of Foreign Wars Post to celebrate the park’s completion is scheduled for 10 a.m.
“This is going to be a bright moment for our city,” Boaz Mayor David Dyar said.
Old Mill Park has taken nearly one year to complete. The city officially broke ground on the park’s construction in September and originally expected to open in spring, however, weather and construction delays altered the timeline. The park, constructed by Forsyth Building Company, cost the city more than $2.5 million. Amenities include an amphitheater, a pirate-themed splash pad, playground, walking trail and multiple pavilions.
Dyar said he believed the park would be a place families can come to enjoy for many generations.
“I can just see grandparents bringing their grandchildren here and making memories together,” Dyar said. “It’s good for the city. I think [the park] could spark positivity for our downtown area, and we could see some economic impact and growth too.”
To make the grand opening an unforgettable celebration, the City of Boaz partnered with Josh Bright Productions to bring in talented artists and musical groups to perform on the city’s new stage.
Music will begin with a special performance from the Boaz Intermediate School Choir at 3 p.m., immediately followed by The Pickers from Guntersville. After The Pickers, the Soul Survivor Band will perform. The Clay Jones Band of Arab will open for Muscadine Bloodline.
A few local food trucks and vendors are expected to sell concessions, but there is no cost of admission. Coolers and pets will not be allowed for the grand opening; smoking will also be prohibited. Walls said all concertgoers need to bring is a chair and/or a blanket.
The city will close a few roads for the event, but residents who live in the area will have access to their homes. Closures include East Mann Avenue, starting from Darnell Street to Brown Street; Darnell Street, starting from Alabama Highway 168 to East Mann Avenue; and Brown Street, from Alabama Highway 168 to East Mann Avenue.
Those looking to attend the grand opening concert will be able to park at the following locations: Boaz Public Library, Boaz Professional Complex and Old VF Outlet. Handicap parking will be located on Whitman Street. Concert parking is prohibited at the following business locations: Piggly Wiggly, Abundant Life Chiropractic and Boaz Discount Furniture.
Boaz police will be stationed to help people cross Alabama Highway 168 at the designated crossing located where the highway intersects with Darnell Street. Alabama Highway 168 will not be closed.