NEWBERRY — After almost two months delay due to heavy rain, the restoration to Vincent Street Park is near completion.
Four basketball courts were built and had their surfaces painted in the park. A shelter was also constructed and playground equipment was added. The parking lot had its pavement and markings completed.
Thomas Louis Boyd, a member of Newberry City Council, was a key figure and one of the pioneers in the restoration process. Living close to the park, he and his wife thought that it would be a good idea for the city to bring the park up to date.
Boyd said there were two basketball courts and a playground in the park, which were not in good shape, before the restoration.
“We started to get people from the community and the city council involved,” Boyd said.
Scott Sawyer, director over parks, recreation, and tourism for the City of Newberry, said that mostly everything was taken out of the park before the renovation process.
Sawyer hopes to bring outdoor basketball tournaments to the park. He said that his hope is not only for tournaments from Newberry County to be hosted there, but from other locations as well.
Boyd believes bringing people from Newberry County and other areas to play basketball can be beneficial to the economy of the city and improve the quality of life of its residents. He said it will bring attention to the city and raise its awareness.
“It is something that we need to be very proud of,” Boyd said.
Mayor Foster Senn believes that the renovation to Vincent Street Park can be beneficial to the neighborhood and to students.
Senn said the plan of the council is to improve one to two parks per year and said that there are many parks in Newberry that need to be remodeled.
Boyd said that it will take time, but the effort is worth it.
According to Sawyer, picnic tables still need to be added and minor repairs need be made to Vincent Street Park for it to be complete.
A project that was idealized in 2011 and put into action on April 2013 now has its expected date of completion for the end of October.