Miller Park scheduled to reopen mid-July

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Mayor Andy Berke joined other city officials Wednesday to give a preview of the new and improved Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga. The city expects the park to open in mid-July, barring any weather delays.

However, Chattanooga Department of Transportation plans to reopen the closed section of M.L. King Boulevard on Wednesday, March 21. This will coincide with the completion of Phase I of the boulevard’s renovations, opening up the road from Market to Lindsay streets.

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The Miller Park facelift is costing about 10-point-3 million dollars. Private investors like BlueCross and EPB are funding 60 percent of the price tag.

Mayor Berke says this is one more step forward in the revitalization of the city.

“Chattanooga is a place where we’ve done things big. Look at our waterfront, look at the things we’ve done over the course of the last couple decades. We tell a new story by doing big things, and it’s not just about the places but it’s about the people,” Mayor Berke said.

And the people we spoke with are excited about the new outdoors space.

“I think it will be a great atmosphere, great place to hang out. It will be fun,” said Anna Burch, who works near the park.

“I’m going going over there to eat. I’m gonna sit over there and eat, like I’m doing now. I’m excited,” Bobby Wood said.

It’s estimated that 40,000 people pass by the park each day, whether on foot or on wheels. And the city expects the new park to generate revenue for new projects all over the area.

“The growth that we have downtown is supplementing our tax base and growing that,” Mayor Berke said. “And we can use those funds to do projects in neighborhoods. So that it’s not just about downtown, but it’s about building out the whole city.”

Mayor Berke says the new park will be a place for tourists and residents to enjoy together.

“Liveable cities are lovable. And we know that miller park is a big piece of that.”

Travelers should also prepare for delays on Georgia Avenue. The city will close one block of the avenue — between M.L. King Boulevard and Patten Parkway — right by the Volunteer building to do some underground work.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."