A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, July 9thfollowing the regular monthly meeting of the Town Council. The Mayor and members of the Town Council donned hard hats and golden shovels to officially turn the first spades of dirt on the project.
Mayor Johnny Cox described the new park expansion as something that was needed for our community. Cox said, “We’ll have 24 concrete pads with picnic tables and BBQ grills. This will be great for family gatherings. There are many new pieces of playground equipment and an area for basketball, volleyball and tennis.”
There is also a new walking track that meanders among the tall trees. Three laps of the track is a mile. (Editors note: The temperature was in the upper 90s at the ground breaking, however the park is full of tall shade trees and a gentle breeze was blowing. That made a considerable difference on a hot July afternoon.)
Councilwoman Edna Webb said, “It is awesome. It’s really coming together.” She added, “The basketball and volleyball courts are just what the kids need.”
Councilman Reginald Prelow, Jr. recalled, “Back in the mid 80s there were just a few pieces of old equipment to play on. The improvements are good for kids. They need a place to play.”
There remains just a few more pieces of equipment and the BBQ grills to install. Cox said, “We plan to keep adding on to it every year. We’re getting stuff that will last.” Looking around at the work that has been done, Cox remarked, “The park has about 15 acres that the town has been clearing and developing for over a year. It will all be open soon. We’ll let you know.”