Montgomery unveils plans for renovated downtown park, 2 statues

Montgomery unveils plans for renovated downtown park, 2 statues
The City of Montgomery turns 200 years old Dec. 3.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Major updates are coming to a park in downtown Montgomery ahead of the city’s bicentennial.

The city held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday and unveiled plans to renovate the park near the Court Square Fountain at the bottom of Dexter Avenue.

The park is home to the Klein & Son clock and has been known as Klein Park, but it will now officially be named Montgomery Plaza.

The park had become overgrown with trees, which have already been cut down as part of the renovation.

According to one of the architects on the project, the design for the park takes a minimalist approach with the goal to unify the existing historical elements on the site to turn it into a symbolic and functional space. The centerpiece will be a statue of Richard Montgomery - the city’s namesake.

Mayor Todd Strange also revealed Wednesday the city plans to erect a statue of Rosa Parks near the bus stop where she boarded a Montgomery bus and refused to give up her seat to a white person.

The plan is for the park to be complete by Dec. 1 - ahead of the city’s bicentennial.

The City of Montgomery turns 200 years old Dec. 3. The State of Alabama is also celebrating its bicentennial anniversary, which is Dec. 14. The state and city are collaborating on their celebrations.

The state has about 400 events planned around Alabama. You can find a list of those events here: www.alabama200.org. Montgomery also has several events planned. It’s hosting the Air Force Academy Band in concert at the Riverfront April 12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Montgomery Biscuits are also hosting a Bicentennial Night on July 5 with special giveaways.

The city also plans to unveil two Bicentennial bus wraps within the next couple of months, one to represent the past and one to represent the future.

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