Groundbreaking Ceremony

Saturday June 14, 2003

It's finally happening!

Groundbreaking day FINALLY arrives!

  The Groundbreaking festivities began at 10:00 on June 14 with The Creek playing for the crowd. The Creek, who also played for last year’s Fourth of July Celebration, were as usual a crowd pleaser and many were dismayed to find they were finished when the official ceremonies began. But the ceremonies had to go on. Saturday was also Flag Day and the crowd opened the ceremonies by belting out the Star Spangled Banner. Mayor Linda Key, first speaker of the day, remarked that this was a huge day for Bell Buckle. Mayor Key noted that when she was thinking of running for office nine years ago she decided to go out and speak to the residents to gather their input in what they wanted for their community. Over and over she heard from the residents of their desire to have a community park. By 1996, a referendum passed for a ˝ cent sales tax to fund a local park. Through patience and hard work this dream is becoming a reality.

Crowd assembles for
morning activities
Folks are ready to
hear about the park
Mayor Key makes
welcoming remarks
Carla Webb directs the
First Baptist Church choir
The Children's Choir
joins the adult choir
Maggi Vaughn reads her
poem while the Park
Board listens
Park Board Chairman,
Jenny Hunt, recognizes
John Frere of Webb School
receives certificate
Skip Heibert, Landscape -
Architect, receives
appreciation certificate
Scruggs and Jay accept
appreciation certificate
James Eldred receives
certificate from board-
member, Katie Felices
Jim Bomar accepts
Ceremonial shovels
stand at attention
25 Shovels represent
many people's contribution
to the park
The Park Board
is all smiles
Jenny discusses ground-
breaking with Dale Hyatt
Folks discuss the
day's activities
Alderman Reagor and
Sharon enjoy the day
Larry Lowman and
James Rouse
prepare the burgers
Mark and Katie Felices
explain the Brick program
to Edwina Smith

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