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Memorial Park Repairs Almost Complete Following Damage Done By Hurricane Irma In 2017

Lawren Simmons
The Florida Times-Union
Yoty Hamilton, an Intron Technologies employee, hammers supports out from under the columns of the new balustrade at Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Another hurricane season is upon Jacksonville but whatever it might hold for residents, Hurricane Irma's impact still is felt from 2017 as the city finishes long-awaited repairs this month at Memorial Park in the Riverside neighborhood.

Irma wiped out the distinctive concrete balustrade along the riverfront edge of the park.

WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Unionreports the Memorial Park Association had molds for the original design so the new construction replicates the barrier along 600 feet of shoreline overlooking one of the St. Johns River's broadest stretches.

The new construction will add lighting as well to the balustrade based on the park's original lighting scheme.

Read the rest of this story and see additional photos, including what Memorial Park looked like during the height of Hurricane Irma at