GARLAND — The town has the land for a playground. Now, it has the equipment for children and families to have fun.
Garland Commissioners recently approved to reuse playground equipment left behind from the former Head Start program. Town Clerk Pamela Cashwell said the board approved more than $4,000 to get the items refurbished.
“It’s going to get sandblasted and repainted with clear coat to get it ready to be placed at the new Curtis D. Cain Memorial Park,” Cashwell said.
The 1.39 acres of property on South Bladen Avenue, near the post office, was donated by Connie Cain Rackley, daughter of former commissioner and businessman Curtis Cain. It will be named in his honor.
Before the recent decision, a sprinkler system and pole lights were installed in the park. Commissioner Judy Smith previously presented bids for swing sets also. To attract more visitors, an idea for trash receptacles and picnic tables were also added to the plans.
The estimated cost of the playground is between $10,000 and $12,000. Grants and fundraisers may follow in the future. Smith said it was a good way to get community members involved.
Another idea mentioned by town officials was installing a basketball court on the far end. Sport facilities have been a major topic of discussion for a long time in Garland. The town recently renovated baseball diamonds and breathed new life into a once abandoned softball league. During the summer, nine little league and four adult teams participated. Seven adult teams have signed up to play fall ball.
A completion date for Curtis D. Cain Memorial Park has not been set.
Barn Quilt coming
Commissioners plan to spruce up the municipal building with a barn quilt — a large wooden block with decorative designs.
The decision followed a presentation from Sheila Barefoot, director of the Sampson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and organizer of the Barn Quilts of Sampson County project.
In conjunction with the county’s History Museum, Cooperative Extension Service, Arts Council, the purpose of the initiative is to have a variety of quilts throughout the area. Another is to produce a brochure with locations.
To spread the effort, the CVB board recently approved to pay up to $200 for municipalities to have barn quilts on buildings. Currently, close to 100 quilts are documented throughout Sampson County. To qualify, quilts must be visible from the road. Volunteers and organization assisted with the process.
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