The square in a small town is liken to the centerpiece on the dining room table. The turn style that holds the most scrumptious things, revolving around the family, offering up a display of joy.
The Carrico Park Square in Russellville is similar in its nature, offering the community a display of inviting beauty as one drives around it or takes a stroll through it. Despite not being an actual square per say, in geometric terms, the square should be shaped more appropriately as it is the “heart” of the city.
Russellville must have one of the most pristine squares in the nation of small town centerpieces. And the work that is done on ours, almost on a daily basis, does not go unnoticed, however, it may go unthanked.
The men and women of the Russellville Parks Department, under the supervision of Cemetery Sexton Kenny Gregory, spend countless hours grooming the square which holds the name of one of Logan County’s most giving individuals, Brother Joe Carrico.
From raking the leaves in the fall to planting the flowers in the spring and from mowing the grass in the hot sultry heat of the summer to setting up Christmas decorations in the bitter cold winter, work on the park square seems to never cease. It’s truly a year around job. On any given day, you will notice one or more working to keep the square at its best. Even clubs and volunteers have taken interest in helping.
By the looks of the square, you can see that those who work on our little oasis of beauty amongst concrete walls, really do care.
One of the first impressions our town can offer to others coming for a visit, other than the friendly and caring people who live here, is our welcoming square when they drive in.
Thank you to the City of Russellville and all those who put their heart and souls into one of our first impressions and continuing displays of small town goodness in a great big world.