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South 55 Roadside Park Walking Trail dedicated today
Bank of Columbia contributes $1,000 to the park in honor of Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, who have tirelessly worked to bring the old State Park back to, and way beyond, it's best days
By Ed Waggener
Nearly three dozen people gathered at the new walking trail at the South 55 Roadside Park this morning to dedicate the trail and perform a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The ceremonies were at 10:00am, Thursday, July 19, 2007.
Richard Phelps, past president of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind the Park Improvements acted as emcee for the occasion. He told how the trail had come to be, through the efforts of the chamber, Nick Hazel of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, and State Senator Senator Vernie McGaha, and Governor Ernie Fletcher.
Bro. Terry White, pastor of the Columbia Christian Church, said, before giving the invocation, that the trail is very much need. "Looking around at some of us," he said, "we need to take picnic lunches here and then walk off the calories on this great new trail."The trail was built with a $6,800 check from the State, plus volunteer labor and many enthusiastic volunteers.
At the event, President Robert Flowers of the Bank of Columbia announced that the bank is giving $1,000 to the Park. He said the check was in honor of Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, who have worked tirelessly as volunteers. "I guess we could call Richard the Chief Volunteer here," said.
Flowers said that the gift grew out of a conversation with Phelps. He recalled the church picnics the Vacation Bible Schools at Columbia Christian Church used to enjoy at the park when it was know as "The State Park." He said, "I am just so happy to see the park back to the standard it used to be, and now, much, much better."
Phelps said the walking trail is 1,285 feet long, "So if you walk around it four times, you are just 140 feet short of a mile." Along the trail are sturdy park benches where walkers can rest or folks can just sit a spell. The benches were built at the Adair Youth Development Center under the direction of Ricky Collins, who attended the event along with AYDC supervisors Shane Bowling and Ron Long. Sue Stivers, Chamber Executive Director, said that there are now six new benches along the trail.
Phelps also thanked others for their help including vendors who went beyond what their contracts called for. He singled out Mayor Pat Bell, Adair County CJE Ann Melton, who was represented at the event by CJE Administrative Assistant Lisa Lee. Judge Melton and the Adair County Road Department has helped with road work, and will be putting a new tile in, Phelps said. Others singled out were Adair County Regional Jailer Wm. "Bug" Knight, for inmate work; Terry and Melinda Withers of Withers Striping, Gaddie Shamrock, Jeff Hatcher for backhoe work, and Ricky Collins and the workshop at AYDC.
This story was posted on 2007-07-19 15:17:21
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