After several construction delays due to ongoing supply issues from the pandemic, Bradwell Park was reopened Saturday, welcoming back residents to downtown Hinesville.
The renovation, which had kept a portion of South Commerce Street closed for roughly a year, held a ribbon-cutting, and residents were quickly treated to live music, obstacle courses, games and the opportunity to cool down in the newly installed splash pad.
Third ID Commander Maj. Gen. Charlie Costanza, Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown and others mingled in the crowd of people who came out to see the park’s renovation and improvements.
“About five years ago, we started planning for this,” said Hinesville City Manager Kenneth Howard. “And two years ago, we started the design process. The design process was spearheaded by the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. And we really do appreciate all the hard work that they have done.” Howard said the key to the renovation was the funding provided by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The park cost roughly $1.2 million to complete. Howard said the concert stage will allow Bradwell Park to be an entertainment destination.
“We are excited about that,” he said. He said they are also excited to bring the Farmers Market back home. During the park’s construction, the market was moved to Gap Park on South Main Street.
Congressman Buddy Carter said children will get the opportunity to create great memories at the newly designed park, calling the project a big success.
The park has new outdoor restrooms, a concert stage, a splash park and space for more vendors during the Farmers Markets held each Thursday.
The city and county recently entered into an agreement, as the splash pad required a certified pool operator to run it. The city will look into getting an employee certified for the position.
There were food trucks and a back-to-school giveaway hosted by Its All About Me Selfie Studio, owned by Khloe Villafane and located adjacent to the park on MLK Jr., Drive.