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After Delays, Memorial Park In NW OKC To Re-Open In Two Months

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A one-time popular park in northwest OKC is still in pieces, despite the city's one-time construction schedule.

The city said there are several reasons why renovations to Memorial Park at Classen and N.W. 36th Street have taken a lot longer than expected.

Construction started and in January of 2014 and was supposed to take nine months to complete.

And 17 months later, the park didn't appear to be close to opening.

“It's a hassle because there is always dust on our cars and everything,” said Steve Mitchel who lives off N.W. 36th Street.

“For every major raining day we have, that's about two to three work days we lose,” said Parks Department spokesperson Jennifer McClintock.

Rain last year, along with park construction, led to flooding at the nearby Boys and Girls Club.

The city fixed the problem.

Rain again this past May added more off the job, but other delays haven't been forecasted.

“When crews got out, they started digging underground and found all kinds of things they weren't expecting,” added McClintock.

McClintock said every repair found at the nearly 90-year-old fountain had to be redone.

A 70-foot long drainage pipe that was discovered also had to removed.

“Challenges can arise and in this case we had our share,” said McClintock.

But many neighbors look forward to the tennis courts, playground, and soccer field coming in the $1.9 million renovation project.

“It will be worth it so the kids have something to go do,” said Mitchell.

The city now said it hopes to have Memorial Park re-opened in the next two months.

The city told News 9 delays have added about $100,000 to the renovation budget.

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