Romare Bearden Park to open soon

Bad weather has forced Mecklenburg leaders to push back the opening of Romare Bearden Park in Third Ward until late August, officials announced in the Charlotte Observer.

The county had originally planned to debut the park during a two-day celebration in mid-June.

But after another recent bout of rainy weather made it difficult for crews to work on the site, officials this week opted for a delay, said Jim Garges, director of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.

He said that while the contractor shifted to a seven-day-a-week schedule to try to keep up, he estimated crews lost about two months of work time in all since the project began.

County officials now hope to open the park around Labor Day, which would coincide with what would have been the 102nd birthday of the park’s namesake.

Bearden, who is most recognized for his collages and paintings, is considered one of the pre-eminent artists of the 20th century.

The county park is being built on land bordered by Mint, Third and Church streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It will be adjacent to the future BB&T Ballpark for the Charlotte Knights that is set to open next year.

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