Park statue nears completion while summer activities continue to rise

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Sister of Liberty seems happier these days since undergoing restoration by Beno Messer. She is approximately 75 percent of the way through the project. Meanwhile, park officials and staff are working on dressing up the park's front entrance with a garden and reflecting pool, which will surround the statue when she returns. (Contributed image)

Restoration of the Sister of Liberty Statue is nearly complete, according to Marshall Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield.

During the park board's regular meeting Wednesday evening, Aug. 3, Stubblefield told board members he saw the statue on Monday and it was about 75 percent finished.

"Coreslab has agreed to do our pedestal for us," he continued, adding the company will design the pedestal and footing, which are being donated to the park. "We greatly appreciate their support. (Coreslab) is one of the many businesses here in town that is always willing to help."

The Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the park July 18 in support of the restoration project as well.

In addition to sprucing up the north park entrance, the park will also open bids at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, for Phase 1 of the walking trail project. The board will hold a special meeting later in the month to choose a bidder and move forward with the project.

Because there were not enough members present to form a quorum, the board did not vote on any items during its meeting. Several upcoming events were discussed, however.

There is one more full week of Day Camp left. The camp has averaged 20 participating children each week. Last summer the Aquatic Center saw a record 24,600 people, which may be surpassed this year. As of Aug. 1, 21,329 people have taken advantage of the pool.

The golf course also had good participation in July. Upcoming tournaments include Santa Fe Ag on Aug. 4, the 11th annual Center for Human Services Tournament Aug. 6, American Cancer Society and Relay for Life Aug. 12, Marshall High School Booster Club Aug. 20, the Riggins Corporate Tournament is scheduled Aug. 23, and a two-day three-man tournament is schedule Aug. 27-28 and will take place at the park and Stone Hedge Golf Club.

This weekend also brings the Annual Budweiser Shoot, located at the 3-D archery range. The event is open to the public.

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  • Thanks to the park board, employees, and Rotary (you can always count on them) and Coreslab. I'm old enough to remember the installation of the statue, and it's gratifying to see it restored. Now if we can only find a way to keep people from snapping off parts of her crown!

    -- Posted by Bob Kennedy on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 4:32 PM
  • Hey Bob !!! I agree with you . Maybe if they were to set up an electric fence around the Statue , it might protect it " maybe !! " . Just my opinion of course :)

    -- Posted by JstMaybe on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 9:17 AM
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