PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - The Community Maritime Park Associates, Inc. and the City of Pensacola hosted the dedication of the Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park on Saturday.
The park has been open and home to Blue Wahoos games since April, but Nov. 17 marked the stadium's official welcome into the Pensacola. Indoor and outdoor activities officially kicked it off.
James Gary came from Texas to visit his son. He said he came for the car show and boat displays, but the stadium definitely caught his eye.
"I'm impressed, it's nice. As long as my son's here, we'll probably be going to a lot of events here," said Gary.
But it wasn't just visitors admiring the view. Carl Willert has lived in Pensacola for years. He says he watched the evolution of the stadium from his office.
"For the last 18 months I got to watch it go from trees and rubble to what it is today, so it's pretty phenomenal," Willert said.
Dozens sampled beer inside the stadium during the day. Downtown business World of Beer, who had a booth at the event, says they were thrilled by the turnout.
"This is a great way to get our word out and to get people to come by. It really helps people to hangout in downtown Pensacola and build business up and help people out," said bartender Melissa Temsook-Boeker.
Carl Willert says he also thinks it's great for the community.
"It's just awesome because it brings so many people down here that didn't appreciate what we had to offer. The view is so beautiful and the Community Maritime Park is so awesome for Pensacola," Willert said.
Festivities began at 10:00 am, with a "Touch A Truck" event, adoptions and foster care, musical performances and a car show. A play zone with family activities was set up at 11:00 a.m.
The official park dedication ceremony was at 4:00 p.m. and followed by a special performance by the Charlie Daniels Band and a spectacular firework show.
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