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Memorial Park makeover means 150 new parking spaces, updated trail, and more perks

Memorial Park makeover means 150 new parking spaces and more perks

Memorial Park renovations Eastern Glades
Eastern Glades Phase I has been completed. Phase II (pictured) is slated for completion by summer 2020. Courtesy photo

It’s been a banner year for Memorial Park, with news in the spring of a blockbuster, $70 million grant from the Kinder Foundation. Now, locals can rejoice in more good news: the completion of a crucial phase in the park’s redevelopment.

As part of the Memorial Park Master Plan, the Eastern Glades Phase I project has been completed. For park users, that means East Memorial Loop Drive has been realigned, extending the Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail to a full three miles.

Additionally, park visitors can now enjoy 150 new parking spots (huge news for anyone who regularly jogs, walks, or bikes there), a new restroom station with water fountain, and new plantings and lighting, which will create a healthier ecology on the 100-acre site that is Eastern Glades, according to a release.

A video from CultureMap content partner ABC13 reveals the updates and expansion.

The plan promises that the full 100-acre Eastern Glades project will be delivered by 2020, providing lots of shady and quiet space for picnicking and other uses.

On Friday, October 12, to celebrate the completion of this milestone, representatives from the Memorial Park Conservancy Conservancy will be stationed on the new part of the trail in Eastern Glades greeting park goers, handing out prizes, and answering questions about the new development. (Look for the green tent between 3 pm and 5 pm.)