BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - The city of Batesville will soon have a new historic park available to all residents, with a grand opening set for October.
Danny Dozier has been behind the project since the beginning. He’s a neighbor of the late Anne Strahl, a descendant of the Maxfields, one of the town’s founding families.
The Maxfield family settled in Batesville in the early 1800s and owned several buildings in the area that is now downtown.
Strahl owned the land in the historic downtown area of Batesville and her dying wish was to leave this park in her family’s name for others to love.
“She [Strahl] would be so excited and so proud, she would,” said Dozier.
Dozier has made it his mission to see her dream become a reality.
The park is in its last phase of construction. A playground was built, along with a deck where the community can sit and enjoy looking over the park.
One thing that makes the park special is the small pieces found around the city that have been reused, including light posts that came from the well-known Mickey Mouse pool.
“This has been a full-time job for about five years for me," Dozier said. “It’s been well worth it. I love being a part of it but I am glad to be near the end.”
A grand opening date is set for Oct. 5.
Dozier is asking anyone willing to donate to help with paying and maintaining the park.
To donate or help with the Maxfield Park, call Danny Dozier at 870-307-9734