GARLAND — With a sign and several pieces of playground equipment on the ground, town officials are ready to celebrate a new park for the community.
During a Tuesday meeting, the Garland Board of Commissioners approved a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Curtis D. Cain Memorial Park in downtown. It is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, and the public is invited to attend. The park is located on South Bladen Avenue, near the post office.
Work for the park is expected to be completed by the end of June. Commissioner Judy Smith reported that fall surfacing is being placed at the park. Cement work for a swing set was also recently installed.
Previously, Garland and other town leaders announced that the playground was not open to the public for safety reasons. But some are still using the equipment anyway.
“As I rode by and looked that way, there were children on it,” Smith said about the eagerness. “They’re really playing on it. And we just need to get it open as soon as possible.”
Garland’s park project began after Connie Cain Rackley donated 1.39 acres of land. It’s being named after her father who served Garland as a commissioner and business entrepreneur. The estimated cost of the first phase of the project is about $12,000. Following the opening, town commissioners stated that they would like to add more playground equipment, a picnic area, and a walking trail.
The July date and time for the celebration was selected to give parents and other community supporters time to attend during the workweek. Along with members of Cain’s family, commissioner’s are also inviting Sampson County officials.
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