Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced the reopening of Cooper Riverside Park during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
The park had been closed since April for renovations. Those improvements came as a result of a public-private partnership, Stimpson said.
“It is with great delight and anticipation that the city is reopening a revitalized Cooper Riverside Park today,” he said. “Through a public-private partnership, the maritime industry and the city joined together and made major improvements to Cooper Riverside Park. Investments in our city, just like this one, bring us one step closer to being the safest, most business and family-friendly in America.”
The improvements included refurbishment and reinstallation of the public art piece, “Portal,” which was damaged by a ship during Hurricane Katrina. Improvements also included repair and refurbishment of the pier-side rail system, installation of user-friendly signage, whitewashing of sidewalks and landscaping.
Andrew Saunders, chairman of charitable organization for maritime issues called the Seaman’s Foundation, said his group and others, including the Cooper family, helped fund projects at the park, with $130,000. Saunders said a second phase is in the works. He said the projects would attract more visitors to the park.
This is the second time a public-private partnership has helped Cooper Riverside Park, Saunders said. The first was to help the park open initially. He said this marks the first renovation for the park.