Community rededicates Jacqueline Park and unveils new welcome sign 

By Paige Nash

The rededication of Jacqueline Park and unveiling of the new welcome sign at Depot Hill were held Friday, April 8. Many local businesses and community leaders gathered at the ceremony to celebrate and observe all the hard work that has been accomplished over the last few months.  

The committee set a goal of $14,000, and they exceeded that goal by $12,200, bringing the total to $26,200. Part of the funds raised were used to repair the gazebo and create a brick slab that includes bricks with the names of the sponsors. The money was also used to build and install a new welcome sign, install new birdhouses in the park, plant trees and additional landscaping. 

“We had a committee that spearheaded this project, but I want you to know this was a community project,” said Johnnye Kennon with Webster Parish Tourism. “We had people from all over the community that helped make this day what it is today and when we have guests coming in, whether they come in from Lee Street or Highway 80, they will see that beautiful sign down there.” 

The gazebo at Jacqueline Park also plays a big role in the community.

“This gazebo has hosted many weddings, birthdays and family reunions,” said Mahala Hutto, Director of Downtown Development. “Our beautifully renovated park, gazebo and welcome sign will continue to host our citizens and be a wonderful photo opportunity for visitors.” 

It is possible the park could appear in a future movie or commercial or two.  

The remainder of the money that was raised will be used on upcoming projects, such as additional trash receptacles and benches throughout the downtown boulevards.  

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