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Sister of Liberty on the mend | Park board gets input from community

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield points to repairs made to the torch of the Sister of Liberty statue, which was damaged by thieves last summer. The statue is being repaired by Beno Messer of Slater.
(Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
Marshall Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield provided the park board with condition report on Sister of Liberty statue, which is currently undergoing re-refurbishment.

Stubblefield also reported the results of a recent community survey intended to inform the upcoming revision of the department's master plan.

Stubblefield showed photos he took Monday of the statue, which is being repaired and refurbished by Beno Messer of Slater.

In 2011, Messer performed a complete restoration of the 1951 statue. It was rededicated on Veterans' Day 2011.

The statue was damaged when she was stolen last August. She was recovered in October, but she was fairly dinged up. Several of the rays on her head were broken, and her head and body suffered a number of dents.

Messer estimated the repairs could be finished in a few weeks, Stubblefield said, but re-installation will probably wait until spring.

Additional security measures will be implemented in an effort to thwart any future thieves, according to Stubblefield.

In other business, Stubblefield presented a slide show prepared by department intern Rebecca Richardson that showed the results of an online survey designed to provide park users a chance to offer assessments and suggestions about the parks.

Stubblefield said he was pleased with the number of survey participants -- 159 -- and with the information they provided.

The vast majority of respondents rated the park facilities and programs as "good" (52.6 percent) or "excellent" (35 percent).

In terms of popularity, playgrounds ranked at the top, followed by ball fields, Marshall Aquatic Center, shelter houses and the golf course.

Respondents also offered suggestions for new facilities or programs they would like to see. Top suggestions included soccer, competitive baseball and softball programs, pee-wee football, adult sports league, introduction to golf for 5-year-olds and up and pitching clinics.

The survey invited respondents to rank in importance several improvements under consideration. Topping the list was developing a new ball field/soccer complex.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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