By mid-June, after roughly $1 million in park upgrades will be completed, West University Place residents could regain access to Wier Park.

While the work was originally projected to be completed by May 31, city officials announced unexpected project delays will push the grand reopening to June. By May 28, the contractor will begin work to resurface the tennis courts, which will require the courts to be closed until work is completed.

The cost

The project's funding came fully from donations raised by the nonprofit Friends of West U Parks, according to a Jan. 24 news release from the city.

The details

Improvements at the park will include:
  • Increasing the park's usable area by 6,500 square feet
  • Installing new fencing and bollard lighting at gate entries
  • Replacing artificial turf
  • Removing decomposed granite and adding new connective pathways and shade structures
  • Expanding play areas, including adding play mounds and a swing
  • Installing a new gate entry and pavers at the entrance from Nottingham Street
  • Adding a gathering area that residents can use for smaller events and picnics
  • Resurfacing and restriping tennis and basketball courts
  • Adding more seating
What else

The work will also include removal of the parking space on Nottingham Street, which city officials said would increase open green space in alignment with the city's 2015 Parks and Open Space Master Plan.