By Morgan Bryce
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Henry and Roslyn Stern Community Park was held yesterday.
Donated to the city on behalf of J. and Ginger Stern of the Henry J. Stern Family Foundation, the park is a gift and labor of love that will benefit Opelika citizens for generations, according to Mayor Gary Fuller.
“All of our citizens will be able to benefit from this park. I want to thank J. and Ginger Stern and (their foundation) for what they’ve done for our great city,” Fuller said.
Located at 409 1st Ave., the park has multiple features for its guests, including a walking path, caboose donated by Keep Opelika Beautiful, clock tower, fenced-in dog run area, little free library and pavilion with picnic tables.
Held on what would have been Henry’s 87th birthday, the celebration served as an opportunity for Ginger and J. to showcase their family’s vision for making Opelika a better and greater place to call home.
“That’s the mission of the foundation, to do good for Opelika, and J. and I want to make Opelika the best place that we can,” Ginger said.