Sister of Liberty could reappear late in May

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The days are numbered for the stand-in statue that has resided for some months on Sister of Liberty's pedestal at the north entrance to Indian Foothills Park. Park officials believe Sister of Liberty will be ready to return to her post at the end of May. (Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News)

Marshall Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield announced during the park board's Wednesday, May 1, meeting that the Sister of Liberty statue is almost completely restored and will be reinstalled by the end of May.

Stubblefield said the sheet copper statue is being restored by Beno Messer of Slater.

The Statue of Liberty replica was originally given as a gift to the park by Marshall Boy Scouts on July 4, 1951. The statue was restored and rededicated in November of 2011, only to be stolen by unknown vandals less than a year later in August 2012. The statue was found two months later in the Blackwater River with severe damages.

On the same note, Stubblefield asked park patrons to call the police immediately if they see an act of vandalism at the park. He said the park has had problems recently with people damaging shelter areas, bathrooms and other facilities.

Stubblefield said he plans on putting surveillance equipment around the park and rotating its location to try to prevent vandalism.

"But we can't catch everything, so we are counting on people to be alert and aware and let police know when those incidents happen," Stubblefield said.

In other park board news, Stubblefield reported April revenues were down approximately $9,000 compared to the same time last year. He said the figure was not so bad considering there was a drop of $18,000 in sales tax revenue this month. Overall, however, revenues were up compared to March, from $82,274 then to $116,148 in April.

He blamed in part the bad weather for a slow start of the park season. He added that everyone at the park is watching expenses closely.

"We are trying to keep them to a bare minimum without compromising our services," Stubblefield said.

Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey announced there are 34 teams signed up for the different ball leagues, which start playing Monday, May 13.

"Now that the bad weather seems to be over, we are excited just to get going and play ball," Godsey said.

Godsey added that golf clinics will start Tuesday, May 28.

Godsey also said the park is starting to fill the pools of the aquatic center with water ahead of the opening of the center Saturday, May 25. Family season tickets to the aquatic center are $165, which covers up to five immediate family members. Individual season passes are $65, and a 12-visit punch card is $40 for adults and $30 for children ages 3-10.

The pool will open Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 12 to 7 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, the pool will open from 12 to 6 p.m.

Other upcoming summer activities at the park:

--Registration for sand volleyball begins Monday, May 6, and goes through Friday, May 31.

--Youth tennis lessons begin May 28 through June 6.

--Day camp starts June 3.

--Registration for co-ed softball also begins June 3.

For more information on summer activities, registration and fees contact the park's department at 660-886-7128.

Contact Carlos Restrepo at crestrepo@marshallnews.com

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