CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston residents can get their first look at the long-awaited East End Community Park on Saturday.
Members of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority are holding a party to celebrate the park's opening along Dixie and Nancy streets from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to the party is $1 and grilled hotdogs and fixings will be provided.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a family-sized side dish or dessert, CURA member Marc Weintraub said.
The neighborhood park, which broke ground in late 2011, has just entered the second phase of its construction. The first phase included building a wide walkway that leads from the main entrance off Dixie Street, beneath an arched sign, to a semi-circular shade space that can serve as a stage for outdoor performances.
Construction is set to begin this fall on the second phase, Weintraub said.
Contractors are using a space to the left of the entrance -- the future site of a sprayground and skate park -- as a staging area for their equipment and construction trailer. Construction also will begin on a running path, which had been set back by the park's soil quality. Everything should be finished by the end of the year, Weintraub said.
"We are really excited that this park is now open," he said. "I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend."