UPDATE 07/29/2011 2:45PM
There were questions of whether or not the weather was going to be an issue in the construction of Riverfront Park. Now officials say, even though the weather has been uncooperative, Parkersburg's newest attraction should open on schedule.
"Actually, things are progressing really well," says Beth Cade the Project Manager of Riverfront Park Project. "We had a lot of high water this spring but it didn't get up to the point where it delayed us all that much. It was down in the lower levels and they were able to work on the higher parts of the park. We are still on schedule to be finished this fall."
The park itself has a number of new features including a river walk, riverboat landing, fish habitat and structures, comfort station, and amphitheater. City officials say the park will help bring a new but vibrant community to the docks: boaters.
"One of the things I've heard from boaters over the years, when we talk about Riverfront, is are they going to be able to pull up at riverfront park, pull off, go to the restaurants and those things" says Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell. "And the answer is yes, they will."
It's not just boaters who will be able to enjoy the park. Cade says everyone will be able to enjoy the parks improvements.
"When you pulled into the dock previously, you really had a small place to dock and when you walked through the flood walls you could really only go to the left," Cade adds. "We added about 6/10 of an acre so now when you walk into the park you can go to the right you can go to the left."
Cade adds that the project is under the planned budget and hopes to have some money left over for additions perks to the park.
The Parkersburg community will get to use much of Point Park before construction is complete.
Mayor Bob Newell said the plan is for the majority of the park to be open during Parkersburg Homecoming August 20 and 21.
The only section that will be closed is the area by the point where the Little Kanawha and Ohio Rivers meet.
Homecoming President Randall Roberts said music performances are scheduled at the amphitheater Saturday from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday between 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Folks can also go to the park to watch the fireworks being shot off from Fort Boreman Park Saturday at 10 p.m.
After the event, the park will close until the work is finished, according to Newell.