By Bonnie Culverhouse
For five years Sibley Mayor Jimmy Williams has been working toward a dream for the citizens of his town.
Thursday evening, that dream came to fruition with the opening of Sibley’s Splash Pad, located behind Sibley Town Hall.
“Every year, I put a certain amount in the budget under ‘parks’, and we’d buy equipment here and there,” Williams said. “We got pretty close to what it was going to take, and then some generous citizens got us the rest of the way.”
Williams was talking specifically about Glenn Warren, with CW&W, Kyle Swain and Jack and Don Tharpe.
“Thanks to them, we were able to complete it,” Williams said. “Glenn Warren saw it as a good project, and he built a lot of it.”
Williams said all the comments he’s heard have been very positive.
“It shouldn’t be that our kids have to go to Bossier, Haughton or Minden to have something to do,” he said. “It’s been a great success, and I’m proud of it.”
Williams said there is more to do. A canopy is coming at the end of the month, but the long-range plan is to “regroup, try to get some grants and build a playground beside it,” he said.
Total cost of the splash pad was around $75,000, Williams said. The playground may come in at close to $100,000, if they build a small one.