After weeks of setbacks due to bad weather, Teddy Bear Park officially reopened March 4 in Oak Ridge North, a little over a year after funding was approved by City Council.

The park features rubberized turf, two new playground structures, a percussion play area and a swing set for children to use.

One other key component of the new design of the park is accessibility for all children, including an in-ground merry-go-round that allows for kids to easily get on and off the equipment and wheelchair accessible areas.

Local parent Sarah Mennear said she was excited to see the improvements to the park: “It makes me really proud to live in Oak Ridge. I've had kids. We've lived here for 10 years and haven't come to this park as much. But now I know we'll be here all the time.”

Mayor Paul Bond stated seeing the park finally open was a big milestone for the city that opened the door for future projects.

“So far, everything's working out great, and it's beautiful equipment, so you know it should last a long time, and hopefully we won't have to go through this process again anytime soon,” Bond said. “We can focus now on Marilyn Edgar Park and the projects for it.”