Amid concerns of poor weather Tuesday, the city of Denison has rescheduled the ribbon cutting for the new Texoma Health Foundation Park. The event will now be held Saturday at 9 a.m. as part of the regional park’s grand opening festivities.
“The rain has definitely had an impact on the ribbon cutting, so we decided to push it back to be a part of our grand opening,” Sunny Mackey, director of community engagement for Denison, said Monday. “With the rain that we’ve had, this will allow them (construction crews) to put on the final touches.”
The $16 million regional park complex, which was officially announced in 2015, has been a major focus and priority of the city dating back at least five years. Once opened, the complex will feature five baseball/softball fields, multi-use playing fields, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds and walking trails, among other amenities.
The park, located near Spur 503 along U.S. Highway 75, represents a partnership between the city of Denison and Texoma Health Foundation, who shared the cost for the project, and the developers of Gateway Village, who donated land for the 80-acre project.
With the delays, the ribbon cutting will take place alongside other events to celebrate the park’s grand opening. Mackey said the timing was scheduled to not interrupt the United Way’s annual Hustle for Health 5k/10k fundraiser races, which will kick off at 8 a.m. and anchor a day of health and wellness events.
Mackey joked that city officials considered having the ribbon cutting serve as the end of the race, with runners breaking the tape.
“We thought that, but wanted to have it as its own thing,” she said.
Other events throughout the day include a game and home run derby by the Denison Little League, with Denison Parks and Recreation holding a second event for girl’s softball. The Texoma Soccer Association will also hold an event as part of the festivities, she said. The Denison High School band and drill team are expected to make an appearance as well, Mackey said.
With heavy attendance expected for the festivities, Mackey said shuttle services will be provided to transport visitors from the Cigna building, located just north of Texoma Medical Center, to the site.
While rain is in the forecast for Saturday, Mackey said Denison still plans to go forward with the events unless thunderstorms occur. Mackey said the city will update its website to reflect any changes to the event as the day approaches.