Parrish officials tab park opening as a big success
by W. Brian Hale
Jun 13, 2013 | 1463 views | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PARRISH — Town leaders proclaimed the May 25 grand opening of the Parrish Municipal Park a stunning success at Tuesday’s monthly council meeting.

Parrish park director Jay Callahan stated that following the festivities and celebration of the grand opening, the park’s splash pad and facilities have seen an overwhelming number of reservations for private parties, as well as steady daily customer attendance.

“In the two-and-a-half weeks the park has been opened, we’ve had six rentals at $200 per event, with six more reservations booked for the coming weeks,” Callahan said. “Our splash pad attendance has been 45-50 people per day.

Between concessions, rentals and admission, the splash pad has generated approximately $1,400 per week.”

The council joined Callahan in expressing their thanks to the entire Parrish community for making the opening successful, as well as recognizing the efforts of James Brown.

“So many people played a key role in the grand opening, but James did an outstanding job not only during the event, but in the months leading up to it,” Parrish Mayor Wayne Gross said. “He has given countless hours of his time to this town and has always been there when we need him.”

In other action from the meeting:

•The council extended special recognition to District 5 Sen. Greg Reed for a recent donation of $500 to the Parrish Library and Resource Center. Together with the $500 donated by District 14 Rep. Richard Baughn in May, area legislators have given $1,000 to the town for use with the new library.

“Words simply can’t express how much we appreciate what Greg and Richard have done for this town to make our library a special place for our children,” Gross said. “They are both a great blessing for our community.”

•Council member Jackie Shanklin gave an update into the paving of four roads in his district. Gross stated that the town will apply for additional funding for the paving of more roads in the community in the near future.

•The town’s street department report was read.

•A motion to pay the town’s bills passed unanimously.

Mayor Pro Tem Cedrick Ramsey and council member William Smith were absent from the meeting.