Headlined by up-and-coming country duo Muscadine Bloodline, between 1,500 and 2,000 people attended the grand opening concert at Old Mill Park in Boaz on Friday.
Before anyone took the stage, the city held a flag dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting to officially open the park. The Boaz Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) led the dedication; there was also a monument erected to honor the VFW. After the dedication and before the ribbon cutting, Boaz Mayor David Dyar spoke.
“It’s a big day for the community,” Dyar said at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “I’m excited about this new park and what it presents for our future.”
Music at Old Mill Park began at 3 p.m. featuring the Boaz Intermediate School Choir, The Pickers, The Clay Jones Band, Soul Survivor Band and Muscadine Bloodline.
“I think Friday night was a big success,” Boaz Councilman Jeff Davis said. “Everyone performed really well … Muscadine Bloodline brought in a lot of people from out of town. And Saturday was just as good as Friday – I think there have been people at the park since it opened enjoying the walking trail and splash pad. I wish we had this here when I was a kid.
“It took all the city’s departments, the chamber, the school system, the police, the fire department and Josh Bright Productions working together to make Friday a success,” Davis continued. “You know, this park wasn’t necessarily built to bring in revenue or anything like that, but it was built to bring in people and that will bring in a little revenue when we hold events like this. What I really see it doing – it was built to promote unity. This park gives something for all people of all ages to enjoy.”
With amenities including an amphitheater, a pirate-themed splash pad, playground, walking trail and multiple pavilions. 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.
The splash pad hours of operation are Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pavilions are available to rent. For more information about the park’s offerings, contact city hall at 256-593-8105.