Our Opinion: Park plans big step forward
Published 2:57 am Monday, January 15, 2007
Before we know it, downtown Brewton will have a whole new look. While one city committee is working on plans to renovate Burnt Corn Creek Park, another group has turned its attention to City Park, the greenspace located next to the courthouse downtown.
An anonymous donor has provided the Brewton Tree and Beautification Committee with funds to plan a refurbishment of the downtown park - including a new clock.
Committee Chairman Joe Gordy told council members last week he has already been in contact with Mobile landscape architect James Crowe on plans for the improvements.
We are so lucky to have the ingredients needed to take on such ambitious projects in our community - hard-working volunteer committees who are willing to take the plunge and plan improvements; generous donors who want to give back to the community; and city officials who have let these groups take the initiative.
While the Tree and Beautification Committee is working on its plans, the Quality of Life Committee has a project under way to raise money to renovate Burnt Corn Creek Park. Fundraisers including a Songwriters Festival next month are already in the works, and planned improvements include a welcome center and an outdoor stage and film screen.
Green space is often last on the list of priorities for some communities who don't realize the impact parks have on quality of life - which also affects our economy.
We're glad that we have so many forward-thinking people in our community who are ready to make a difference and improve our parks, our downtown and our quality of life.