NEWBERRY — Driving down Main Street, Memorial Park might look different when passing by: The city of Newberry’s utilities department is currently working to make several positive improvements to the park, hoping to make it more enjoyable for the community.
In support of holding events downtown in Newberry, the utilities department is putting new electrical work in the park, giving each outlet 20 AMPS of service, where before all of the outlets together supplied approximately that amount of power.
Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt said the city anticipates the project to be completed by the end of the month.
Along with new electric work, new irrigation is also being added to the park. Trees are being pruned in the park as well to allow more light to shine through in the area. Following those additions, new sod will be laid throughout the park.
DeWitt said he appreciates the community tolerating their mess as they make the needed improvements to one of the most used and visible parks in the city.
“The upgrades in Memorial Park will create a more conducive environment as it relates to the City hosting downtown events such as Oktoberfest, Pork in the Park, Main Street Lights, and alike,” DeWitt said. “The load on the current dated electrical system was just too much for our larger events and these upgrades will insure that the City can provide reliable power to vendors partnering with us on our premier downtown events.”
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.