Community flocks to Bienville Square as it reopens to the public

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Bienville Square reopened to the public on Friday after being closed for eight months.

The park was originally closed in August so renovations could take place, WKRG News 5 reported. Upgrades included lighting, sidewalks, bluestone pavers, wall benches, and the restoration of the iconic Ketchum fountain.

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The fountain was removed from the park in 2021 for the restoration. It was the first time the fountain was restored. The fountain has since been re-installed and water has been flowing from it since March.

People gathered at the park once the renovations were unveiled.

Eric James, a local videographer said he didn’t know the nearly 200-year-old park would be open, but after seeing the new upgrades, he was glad he came.

“I actually love what I see. It’s a nice new look. I like the new waterfall here. I like the landscape,” he said. “It looks very well put together.”

Others agreed with James’s sentiment of being glad to come to the newly-opened park.

Brayleigh Williams said she and her friend, Hannah Pearce, had no clue the park was even closed.

“It’s really pretty. It’s like very soothing,” Williams said.

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The whole project came with a price tag of $3.2 million.

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