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Big changes coming to Winston-Salem park

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem planners are doing more than just replacing a basketball court at Happy Hill Park.

Interim Recreation and Parks Director William Royston says they will tear out the old facility and replace it with a new park the community will be proud of.

"Take creativity to a whole new level. Be creative on how we spend our dollars so we can make immediate impacts so the community can enjoy them,” he said.

The leaky pool and cracking tennis court will be replaced. A splash pad will go in along with new basketball courts, two regulation size soccer fields and an eight-lane running track. Royston is excited that new picnic pavilions will take advantage of the park's hilly location.

"We have tremendous views of the city. Just a gorgeous opportunity to make and repurpose this open space,” he said.

Because of the large amount of grading and renovation that needs to be done, the city will close Happy Hill Park when construction begins in 2017. Funds from the 2014 $139 million Winston-Salem bond will pay for the work at Happy Hill Park.