Park renovations behind but programs still in place

Park renovations behind but programs still in place
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - One Paragould park is behind on renovations, but that will not stop summer activities.

The Parks and Recreation Department started renovations for three of the city park buildings this year.

Reynolds and Harmon Park renovations are complete, but Labor Park is still not finished.

The park was supposed to be completed by the beginning of summer, but workers are now looking at a date of early August, according to Paragould Parks and Recreation Director Pat Austin.

Crews said weather slowed construction at Labor Park, especially when a whole wall fell due to heavy winds.

Austin said when the park building is complete it will look great.

"Those completed have just been phenomenal, we are just so impressed with how they came out even more so than we anticipated," Austin said.

Austin said she is excited to see the final park building complete, so the kids have a brand new place to play.

"The service we do on this side of town is great and it is going to be a totally different environment when you go in there," Austin said.

Austin told Region 8 News keeping the parks up to date and appealing to the kids is very important.

"Our kids are the future of this town so we want to make sure they have somewhere to go, play and stay out of trouble," Austin said.

Several events over the summer are held in the Labor Park, but Austin said she and her staff will make the events happen even without the building.

"Because the building is not finished yet, (it) doesn't mean our facilities cannot be used. You can come over anytime in the day or afternoon and you will see the basketball court full of kids and the skate ramp is full," Austin said.

Park goers are still welcome to visit the park, pavilions, courts and equipment.

Austin said kids who come to the park have been very respectful of the construction and stay out of that particular area.

P.E. in the park, which is held all summer at Labor Park, will start next Monday and go from 10 to 12 every weekday.

Austin said the group will use the pavilions for this activity.

"It is not going to stop us from doing the things in the park we want for our kids," Austin said.

Austin also said the free lunch program, which the park does in conjunction with the schools, will still go on this summer.

She said any kid under 18 is welcome to get a free sack lunch at noon in the park.

Austin said the lunch program should start up in the new few weeks.

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