On a recent Saturday morning, a group of residents from the area around Pine and 3rd street met with city officials and area business folks to begin work on a new park, thanks to donated land, time and “muscle” from the city and local businesses. The city sent out letters to residents in that area, informing them of the intent to clean up 2 adjacent lots for use as a park. In the letter, residents were invited to share their ideas about what they would like to see at the park and were invited to help in a “hands on” way. On the morning of April 30, about 60 people joined forces to begin the first stage. Clean-up.
What started out as a wild, over-grown jungle ended up as a gem in the rough. With tender care (and a couple of really big tractors with buckets and claws!) the lawns transformed from eyesore to beauty, like a child’s movie theme. From the hands of both the young and…not-so-young…the brush, trash and old fencing was cleared away. A sense of pride and hope for the area was easy to see and hear throughout the morning. Neighbor helping neighbor to build something they will be able to enjoy for years to come.
Ronald Fitzgerald brought the park idea to the city council several months earlier. City Manager Mike Smith approached the council with the idea of using land owned by the city for small “neighborhood parks” to be scattered throughout the city. The parks will serve as places for families to use, giving a purpose to land that has been vacant for some time.
The park on 3rd will include (among other amenities) a place for kids to play soccer, and a basketball goal (both were suggestions submitted by residents) plus plenty of shade and places to bring the family to enjoy time together.. The residents participation were clear signs that the projects are welcomed sights.
The name of the park is yet to be determined, with many suggestions coming in to city hall already. Regardless of the name, one thing seems to be clear. If they build it, will they come? If the number of people that showed up for day 1 is an indicator, it’s a sure bet they will.
If you would like to contribute to this project, please call Mike Smith at the Jacksboro City offices (940-567-6321).