Russellville’s Parks director Kenny Gregory is looking into the cost of signage to be placed at Hampton Park. The city’s mayor Mark Stratton asked Gregory to find out how much it would cost the city to purchase another sign similar to the one that sets at the entrance of a trail leading into the park at the bottom of Ninth Street.
Stratton is investigating the additional signage after former Russellville Mayor Ken Smith requested additional signage at the Tuesday, Jan. 8 city council meeting, which Stratton was absent from.
The former mayor politely plead for the signs because he felt it was difficult for visitors to find the park, which he believed was used more than the city/county park.
Smith said although he was no longer a citizen of the city, he still considered the city his home and always would. He noted that he had been a citizen for 67 years and currently owned property and a business in the city. He felt there was an increase in usage at Hampton Park, but doesn’t think it is adequately presented to help people find it.
Smith noted that there are a lot of tournaments and activities held at the park. He stated that at the service station and different places like Colonel Inn, they have people stopping by all the time from the park and said he has had people also asking where it was. Stratton said he would come back to the council with cost of additional signage at a future meeting.