Louisiana residents work, donate to beautify city park trash cans
Those who contributed time and money to the trash can containers are: from left in front, Tim Jenkins, Susan Spalding, Debbie Adams, Dorothy Penrod, Sandy Carter, Jim Wood and in back with the containers, Larry White.
After all the work that has been done to beautify Louisiana’s park in the past few years, local businesswoman Dorothy Penrod saw one thing askew.
“The blue plastic (trash) barrels did not blend with the rest of the upgrading that has been done,” Penrod said.
She decided the barrels needed an attractive container to go over them and enlisted 17 area residents to get the job done.
The Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green agreed to have inmates build the containers for free. They were supplied donated material and a sample container from a previous community effort.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, eight of the containers were picked up by city councilmen Jim Wood and Larry White and delivered to Riverfront Park.
“Our next mission is to cover all of the barrels in our local parks as well,” Penrod said. “The enthusiasm has spread to Riverview Park, which is very popular with residents and visitors.
“Another is our local Sunset Park. The park is widely used in the spring, summer and fall months for many birthdays, anniversaries and reunions.”
The covering of the trash cans is one more step in the rejuvenation of Louisiana, Penrod said.
“The parks are being updated, the YMCA is ready for the next phase of expansion with a pool, local churches are doing some major uplifting and there was a large expansion to our hospital.”
Other recent improvements include the new wastewater treatment plant, the new County Market grocery store and downtown buildings owners renovating those structures, Penrod said.
“If we start talking to each other to see what is needed to improve our city, we can accomplish a great deal with fundraisers and individuals working together,” Penrod said. “Little efforts mean a lot when they are done together.”
Two anonymous donors contributed to the containers and Fowler Lumber Co. delivered the materials to the prison.
Other individuals and businesses who contributed were: Asquith Restoration, Herbert Hoover, Cote Fine Sculptures, Blue Heron Outfitters, West End Cabins, Tax and Accounting Solutions, Country Garden, Tim Jenkins Shelter Insurance Agency, Penrod Real Estate, Tim and Sandy Carter, Rainbow Flower Shop, Brown’s Auto Body, Walter and Cindy Logan, Penrod Construction and Sal and Amanda Pollice.