Har­ring­ton Cen­ter ded­i­ca­tion is Satur­day, in LaFayette

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page -

The city of LaFayette will ded­i­cate and re­name a mu­nic­i­pal park build­ing at 638 S. Main St. as the Harry and Sue Har­ring­ton Cen­ter at 10 a.m. on Satur­day, June 16.

The most im­por­tant step in the birth of the LaFayette Recre­ation De­part­ment in 1964 was hir­ing lead­er­ship that would nur­ture the young de­part­ment for­ward.

Harry Har­ring­ton was cho­sen as the first di­rec­tor of recre­ation and Sue Har­ring­ton as the first pro­gram di­rec­tor.

The Har­ring­ton’s would not only be there for the birth, they would cul­ti­vate the growth of the Recre­ation De­part­ment. By 1969, the LaFayette Recre­ation De­part­ment would boast of three new cen­ters at Mu­nic­i­pal Park, Low­ell Greene Park and the Max Stoker Com­mu­nity Cen­ter for a to­tal of 26,000 square feet of floor space and more than 60 acres of high den­sity recre­ation ar­eas.

Max Lock­wood said of the Har­ring­ton’s, “The suc­cess of the LaFayette Recre­ation De­part­ment and fa­cil­i­ties is a tes­ta­ment not only to their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion but also be­liev­ing in their dream.”

LaFayette was taught how to swim, cook, sew, hit a base­ball, shoot a bas­ket­ball and throw a foot­ball by the Har­ring­tons.

That is why city of­fi­cials in­vite ev­ery­one to cel­e­brate the Har­ring­ton’s ded­i­ca­tion to LaFayette and all the lives they touched.

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