Heritage Park south lot renovations to start in winter

Work continues on Black Warrior Creek on Tuesday afternoon. Landscaping, irrigation and lighting are expected to be finished by the end of this month. 

Renovation of Heritage Park’s south lot is expected to begin during the winter when the event schedule at the park slows down.

The impact of the renovation to First Monday vendors is expected to be reduced during the winter, Weatherford Parks, Recreation and Special Events Department Director Shannon Goodman said. 

Next spring, the department is also expected to begin working on a space called Heritage Plaza, which is to showcase Weatherford’s history, Goodman said.

In a previous interview, Goodman said the renovation in the south lot would include adding lighting, landscaping, electricity and other utilities. Heritage Plaza is expected to serve as an entryway to the amphitheater.

Heritage Plaza is planned to include a pergola, a water feature and large stones with plaques to represent periods in Weatherford’s history, Goodman said.

“The renovation on the south lot will help with structured parking for events and organize vendor spaces for First Monday weekends,” Goodman said. “The Heritage Plaza will be a beautiful area to reflect on Weatherford’s history and finish out the Heritage Park project.”

The two areas costs about $900,000 to $1 million to renovate, Goodman said. The renovation is expected to be complete by 2021.

The parks department was waiting to start on this project after the completion of the Black Warrior Creek stabilization project, which uses a modular block system to prevent further erosion on the creek banks. The creek project also included adding a footbridge that connects to the amphitheater.

Goodman said landscaping, irrigation and lighting is still in the works for the Black Warrior Creek project. 

The estimated completion date for the Black Warrior Creek project is by the end of the month, but it is subject to change. The project was originally supposed to be completed by Fourth of July. 

The unfinished Black Warrior Creek project is not expected to affect the city’s Fourth of July fireworks show Spark in the Park at Heritage Park, Communications and Marketing Director Blake Rexroat said.