The city of Russellville has embarked on a project that will improve the town’s park system. Massive improvements which involve painting, replacing, and revitalizing are taking place in an effort to bring the parks “up-to-date” and more inviting to the public.
Russellville has three parks in it’s system: Hampton, located on 8th Street; Memorial, located off the Bypass, and the newest park, the Sports Complex, located off of Armory Drive.
The city decided to begin the new improvements with Hampton Park. This couldn’t have come at a better time as hundreds will be using the park this weekend as the annual 8th of August celebration kicks off Thursday, Aug. 7th.
City park employees, along with inmate labor began painting the buildings and fences in Hampton Park a few weeks ago. The color scheme has changed from red and white to brown and tan. The buildings include softball dugouts, the concession stand and the pavilion.
“The Electric Plant Board came down and replaced all of the blown out lights in the park,” said parks director Kenny Gregory, adding they are planning on replacing the out lights at Memorial as well. “I can’t say enough about the Electric Plant Board. They are always there for us when we need them.”
Continued mowing also makes the parks look pleasing.
“I think it looks really nice,” said Gregory of the work that has been done in Hampton Park. “The guys have all worked really hard.”
Gregory said Memorial Park will be next, and to expect a lot of changes there as well.
“We will be painting in Memorial as well, and repairing and replacing barbecues,” said Gregory.
Some new changes to Memorial Park will include changing one of the two tennis courts into a sand volleyball court and putting up a gate that will close the park at 11 p.m. from April to October and 10 p.m. from November to March.
The city is closing the park during the later night time hours to help protect the property as well as assure no illegal activity is taking place.
“We are hoping to make our parks the best they can be for the citizens of this community and visitors as well,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton, adding the city is always working towards enhancing the blessings it has already received.