Miller Park ren­o­va­tions set to be­gin in early July

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - REGION - BY ROSANA HUGHES STAFF WRITER

Ren­o­va­tions to down­town’s Miller Park are sched­uled to be­gin July 1, City Coun­cil­man Ersk­ine Oglesby said dur­ing Tues­day night’s Chat­tanooga City Coun­cil meet­ing.

The park work is ex­pected to cost about $8.5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Chair­man Jerry Mitchell. It is set to be com­plete by July 2018 and is part of a larger project to up­grade the M.L. King district.

The makeover in­cludes plans to build a pedes­trian-friendly con­nec­tion be­tween Miller Park and Miller Plaza — which also will re­ceive a makeover — and ren­o­vate M.L. King Boule­vard and Patten Park­way. De­sign plans have yet to be fi­nal­ized, but the en­tire project is es­tiFresh

mated to cost $13.5 mil­lion, Mitchell said.

The project is right on track, with the de­sign process hav­ing be­gun in July 2015 and a com­ple­tion date set for May 2017, ac­cord­ing to the project time­line fea­tured on the web­site for the city of Chat­tanooga. De­sign and con­struc­tion for Miller Plaza and Patten Park­way will be­gin this fall and is ex­pected to be fin­ished in the fall of 2018.

Speck­man, Mos­sop and Michaels, a New Or­leans-based de­sign firm, drew up the plans for the park, Oglesby said.

The Miller Park up­grade will in­volve rais­ing the park to street level, the Times Free Press pre­vi­ously re­ported. It will fea­ture an am­phithe­ater, a gar­den walk and a rocky out­crop­ping where peo­ple can sit or chil­dren can climb.

The am­phithe­ater will in­clude a stage for per­for­mances, a shaded area for lunches and an en­closed area for fundrais­ers or par­ties. De­sign plans fea­ture re­strooms, a stor­age room and warm­ing pantry for food, and a move­able glass par­ti­tion that pro­vides the op­tion to host air-con­di­tioned events.

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