Parks’ funding increased by $35,600 for 2016-2017

By Chris Cooper -

Good news for the parks in Logan County, as members of the fiscal court supported Judge Executive Logan Chick’s funding increases to six parks for the fiscal year 2016-2017. Adairville, Auburn and Lewisburg will be receiving a $5,000 increase each, which is up $3,400 from last year. Russellville received the highest increase of $25,000 for a total of $37,000. Both Greenridge and Schochoh received an additional $200.

“When people visit Logan County, they may stop at one of our parks. We need to make sure they are up to standard. Prospective business and industry also look at a community’s quality of life before making a decision where to locate. Our parks are a quality of life for our citizens and also bring in visitors from other areas,” said Chick. “It is an investment into our community.”

Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton, along with Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes and Lewisburg Mayor Bert Adler spoke at the Tuesday, July 12 fiscal court meeting, all extending their appreciation to the county for the increase. Adairville’s Mayor Donna Blake was unable to attend.

“I realize money is tight at times, but we appreciate what the county gives us to spend on the park,” said Stratton. “I am also very happy we work so well together for the benefit of all. We are truly blessed.”

Stratton mentioned some projects the city would spend the funds on. Those included: new grills, picnic tables, swings, LED lighting and basketball goals at the city-county park.

“The city of Russellville was awarded a grant recently to pay for a fitness trail at the city-county park,” reported Stratton. “We have ordered the equipment and will be getting it sometime in October. This will be a 10 to 12 station trail with activities posted at each stop.”

Stratton said he was glad to see the county and cities’ getting the parks, “back up the way they should be.”

Some projects at the Auburn park include new playground equipment and lighting, while the Lewisburg park intends on working on the softball field and flood areas.

“I’m proud of our park,” said Adler. “We don’t have a big a one, but we want to work on it. We have a lot of work to do and we appreciate all of your support.”

Mayor Hughes echoed his sentiment for the cooperation shown between the county and cities’. He also thanked jailer Phil Gregory for the work release program.

“We use inmates to help take care of our park and are appreciative to the county and jailer for allowing us to utilize the program,” said Hughes.

By Chris Cooper

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