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Turtles migrate to Riverfront Park

June 2, 2004

Albany - The $6,000,000 Albany Riverfront Park officially opens Friday. Some special guests are already arriving at the park for the three-day grand opening celebration.

It's a massive turtle migration. "They've really changed. I remember when they were these huge, plain structures, and now they really look good," said We-Haul employee Sharman Roberts.

Wednesday, We-Haul workers started moving the huge turtles, sold to build the new Turtle Grove Playpark, to Riverfront Park. The shelled welcome crew is just the first step in preparation for the grand opening festival, June 4th-6th.

"We're very excited," said Downtown Manager LaKisha Bryant. "The park dedication is Friday during the day. The pre-movie fun starts at 7:00PM, with the movie getting under way at 8:45PM." The riverbank will transform into an outdoor movie theater. Albany Tomorrow Inc. will show three movies on the 40-foot movie screen.

Saturday will also be full of events. "At 8:30AM, we'll have 'Fitness by the Flint' which is an aerobic class and walk next to the river bank. Then, at 10:00AM on Saturday the festival begins," said Bryant. "There will be vendors, arts and crafts, games, and other activities."

All that fun is free, so bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show. The movies start at 8:45 each night, but get there early to Every night features a different movie; Friday night is "Sweet Home Alabama," Saturday is "Shreck," and Sunday is the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Posted at 5:50PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com