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Meriden's new Green to hold grand opening tonight

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City staff tour the new Meriden Green in April. (meriden2020.com photo) City staff tour the new Meriden Green in April. (meriden2020.com photo)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

After years of construction to fix problematic flooding, Meriden's former hub site is set to become its new green.

A grand opening ceremony for the Meriden Green has been scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday.

A ribbon-cutting, which will be attended by a number of state officials including Gov. Dannel Malloy, will be followed by food, music and the illumination of the green's bridge.

Resident Betty Laferriere said while she normally takes her daughters to Hubbard Park, she'll be spending more time at the green now.

"[It's] such an open space and it's nice that it's something else for the community to come and enjoy themselves," said Laferriere.

Bob Bass, director of public works for the city said the park is long overdue.

"the city of Meriden has experienced flooding for years and years because of harbor brook and as part of the project we had to build a detention pond in the center of the city and so we have this 14 acre park which acts as a detention pond as well as a park," said Bass.

He said the space is more than just a green space for residents to enjoy.

"We have rope lighting which will light your feet, we also have up lighting on the exterior of the bridge which changes colors, we have reinforced turf area where we can hold events such as a car show a food truck festival, we have out amphitheater to our north so we have all these different features it's a great multi use park," said Bass.

Resident Patt Shiffer said she was excited about the green from the start.

"I'm just absolutely thrilled, I just couldn't miss this because I followed it from the start. And I think it's solves so many problems for the city from the flood control and everything it's going to be used for and just happy to be here," said Shiffer.

After that, Saturday is community day at the green.

Arts and nonprofit groups will use the amphitheater, grounds and walkways for various shows and events between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information on the green's grand opening, head to meriden2020.com.

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