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Renovations underway at Paragould Parks

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

Renovations are underway at Harmon, Labor, and Reynolds Parks in Paragould.

Pat Austin, director of Parks and Recreation, told Region 8 News about $1 million is being spent to renovate the buildings at the 3 parks.

“We’ve basically taken all 3 buildings down to a shell,” Austin said. “These buildings get used every weekend during the summer. We just wanted to upgrade the buildings. It’s been nearly 10 to 15 years since we’ve done anything to the buildings and we didn’t really have the money to do a total facelift like we have now.”

At the Reynolds Park building, an electrician was on site Thursday morning installing light fixtures.

When the renovations are complete, Austin said the Reynolds Park building will have a kitchenette equipped with a sink, bar, stove and refrigerator as well as a storage facility next to the kitchenette and a deck outside the building.

The building will also have storefront windows at the front and rear of the building, giving visitors a nice view of the lake.

 “It’s going to be worth waiting for,” Austin said. “The people are really going to enjoy using our facilities now. We want it to be clean and nice for the people that use the building.”

The renovations are being funded through reserve funds from the city, according to Austin.

“The city has set aside reserves and we had enough reserves set aside that we could go ahead and do this now,” Austin said. “It didn’t cost the taxpayers any more money.”

Austin said the Reynolds Park building is expected to be ready for rental use by the middle of May. Renovations at Labor Park may not be complete until later this summer.

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