NEW BEDFORD — Mayor Jon Mitchell and city officials formally reopened Pine Hill Park to the public Friday morning in the city's North End.

The park has a new lighting system that improves visibility and is equipped with a programmable system that allows for flexible year-round use, according to a news release. The updated basketball courts are high school regulation size, at 84 by 50 feet.

The most noticeable difference is the new visibility of the formerly secluded park, with brush clearing that has improved access at the park and courts. An added wooden post and rail fence provides a protected barrier between the park and roadway, too.

“Residents in every part of our city deserve great open spaces they can enjoy. The updates at Pine Hill Park will make it a more accessible, visible space that more families than ever can take advantage of this asset to their neighborhood,” said Mitchell in a statement.

“This is a major improvement to Pine Hill Park, starting with how visually appealing it now is with a new entrance,” said Mary Rapoza, director of Parks, Recreation & Beaches. “The park’s renovated basketball courts are already being used extensively by local youth, and the upgraded lighting allows for extended hours on the courts. It is an inviting atmosphere for the public to come in and enjoy the amenities of this space.”

Work was performed by the New Bedford Department of Public Infrastructure, PJ Keating, PA Landers, Seguin Enterprises, True Bounce and JG Coffrey Co.