One of Russellville’s three parks received some upgrades recently. Hampton Park, located off Bowling Green Road when entering Russellville, got new basketball goals thanks to a $7,200 contribution by the Logan County Fiscal Court. The basketball court was also resurfaced and striped thanks to the Russellville Parks & Recreation Department, who also put up the goals.
Jae Allison of The Givin’ Back program attended a fiscal court meeting in 2015 asking for funds to put new goals in at the park. The park is utilized throughout the year, but is also the place where the annual 8th of August celebration happens, bringing with it people from miles and miles away. A Dust Bowl basketball tournament is held there as well.
Allison’s Givin’ Back program also utilizes the park. He and many volunteers teach kids around the county the basics of basketball, mixed with life lessons such as responsibility and discipline. The program is open to everyone and even has participants from other counties join in. The program is in its 11th year.
Allison asked last year, and was granted funding to pay for six adjustable basketball goals that cost approximately $1,200 per goal. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin made the motion to contribute the funds which are facilitated through the Russellville Recreation Department. he felt the kids were important in our community and we needed to support them by assuring they had an environment to play together and grow.
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