With fencing up and bulldozers humming, the renovation of a Jackson Ward park is underway.
Abner Clay Park at 501 Brook Road is getting a $1.3 million renovation that will include a new grass field, pavilion and basketball court.
The city began work on the 4-acre site in September with the demolition of a gazebo that was near the intersection of West Clay Street and Brook Road.
Crews also have begun tearing up the park’s main feature – a large field that’s being replaced with new grass to be used as a multi-use sports field and lawn event space. A public art display is also part of the renovation project.
Tamara Jenkins, spokeswoman for the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, said the project is scheduled to be finished by September 2020.
The renovation of Abner Clay Park has been in the works for years but started gaining steam last year when local engineering firm Timmons Group submitted plans to the city.
The $1.3 million budget comes from existing parks department funding, Jenkins said.
While much of the park has been closed and fenced off during construction, its children’s playground along West Clay remains open.