Legacy Park, the civic centerpiece of the University North Park commercial development, should be open by mid-June, city officials said recently.
The project on 24th Avenue NW features walking trails, an amphitheater and plenty of greenspace, has been slowed by a wet spring, said Jud Foster, city parks and recreation director.
“It was supposed to be about a month away but that’s a month of good weather,” Foster said.
Realistically, the project should be substantially complete by the end of May with the remaining punchlist items completed in June.
Foster said a committee has been formed to plan a grand opening or inaugural event for the park. That committee should meet soon.
In the meantime, the fountains are on and there has been lots of interest in the project which is accessed from 24th Avenue NW but is most visible from the interstate.
Field-grown trees were planted late last year. There are 14 species of trees to beautify the park throughout the seasons with a wide variety of colors and textures, from spring bloomers, to evergreens, to summer foliage and fall colors. They include maple, crabapple, crepe myrtle, Canaerti juniper, Chinese pistache, Oklahoma redbud and others.
The park is a $6.5 million project, planned as a community event center on land donated by the University North Park developer using funds from the TIF money to build it.
It was originally scheduled for completion by the end of January but rain and other delays pushed the date into spring. The project includes a wishbone entry drive and welcoming elements.
The centerpiece of the park is an amphitheater and stage and a grass surface seating area that will hold between between 700 to 1000 people for concerts and other community events.
The one-acre pond includes programmable fountains, a promenade walk, an arbor on the west side, restrooms and pedestrian lighting. Foster said the fountains are now set to rise at about half capacity.