Family day at park brings an estimated 500 visitors
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If kids having a blast is the only measurement, then the public opening of the Marvin-Efird Park was a grand success. An estimated 500 people, the majority being young children, came out Saturday, Oct. 22, as the village hosted a preview of its new park.
Families enjoyed many participative events and crafts including a scavenger hunt along the walking trails, pick and paint pumpkins, woodland crafts, and a presentation by the Carolina Reptile Rescue and Education Center. Various snakes, turtles, and related educational materials were on display.
“I know it sounds cliché, but Saturday was really a magical day for our community.” Parks and Recreation board member Kristy Maher said. “For years The Village of Marvin has dreamed of a community park, a place where families and neighborhoods in our community can gather, relax and enjoy nature.”
In addition to tent activities and craft booths, patrons enjoyed the a bright sunny fall day by walking along the trails, listening to music or supervising children playing on the woodland inspired tree house, playground and swings. The recently completed barn-pavilion housed the reptile displays and petting zoo.
“I am so excited to have a park near my home that will be a little getaway from the bustle and rush of everyday life.” said Jeni Kusherman, a teacher at Sandy Ridge Elementary. “My kids had so much fun exploring the path and playing on that wonderful playground, I know this will be a regular spot for my family. I can’t wait to go back!”
“It was very rewarding to hear all the positive comments and to see all of the families enjoying the park. I feel like our hard work has paid off.” Lisa Thompson, Marvin’s planning director said.
“We wanted to give [Marvin] residents a feel for what has been accomplished over the last six months.” Mayor Pro tem Ron Salimao said. “We still have much to do, but when it’s done, it will be a tremendous addition to our community.”
In the work-session Monday, Oct. 25, the village council approved funding for Phase 2 of the park; construction of the bathroom and storage facilities which are expected to be complete by March 2012. The restoration of the Efird home as a town hall and community center is still under discussion by the council, but plans should be finalized next month.