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Guntersville park set for grand opening

The park was converted from two vacant lots. The park was converted from two vacant lots.

The City of Guntersville is preparing to open its newest park. The new park is a 180-degree turnaround from the way the lot that once occupied the space used to look.

Formerly two run down vacant lots, the Guntersville City Council decided to begin the process of transforming them. A stage and a flower garden now fill those lots, and plans are to begin outdoor concerts from July 23.

It was the vision of longtime resident Errol Allan to turn a blighted area into something beautiful for downtown. He put his money where his mouth was, and gave the city the funds necessary to purchase the lots in October 2010.

From there, the city began the arduous process of finding the money necessary to build the park. Allan was placed on the park's committee, but unfortunately he will not be there for its grand opening.

"He passed away in March, so he did not get to see the actual completion," said Mayor Leigh Dollar. "But I know he would be so proud of this. It's a huge quality of life for the residents of Guntersville. Not only do we have a stage for entertainment, activities and festivals, but it's a place to just come and rest."

A ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the park is scheduled for July 20 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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