Mount Airy recreational officials have temporarily closed the park on several occasions to allow parking areas and driveways to be resurfaced, only to have the scheduled work interrupted by persistent rainfall.
Dry conditions are required for paving, meaning the job has had to be completed in between showers.
But Catrina Alexander, city parks and recreation director, reported Friday — when Riverside Park was closed — that the new asphalt is down in parking areas and will be cured by Saturday, when the facility will reopen.
The paving is part of an overall facelift undertaken at the Riverside Drive facility in conjunction with a streambank-restoration project along the nearby Ararat River.
A new park entrance sign, a trail head for Mount Airy’s second greenway, a canoe-launching point and landscaping are among other improvements slated for Riverside Park.