Ground bro­ken for foos­ball court

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - SU­SAN HOL­LAND shol­land@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — Mem­bers of the Gravette Lions Club gath­ered at Pop Al­lum Park Saturday morn­ing, March 3, to break ground for the city’s new hu­man foos­ball court. Mayor Kurt Maddox was present and helped man the shovel to turn the first earth.

Myrna McGee, dis­trict gov­er­nor of Arkansas Lions Clubs, and Patty O’Ban­non, dis­trict chair for di­a­betes aware­ness, both of Bella Vista, were spe­cial guests and were in­tro­duced.

Bill Mat­tler, pres­i­dent of the Gravette Lions Club, wel­comed guests and gave spe­cial thanks to Danny White, owner of Cardinal Cor­ner Pawn Shop, who first pro­posed the project. He also thanked Mayor Maddox and city coun­cil mem­bers who ap­proved the ini­tial plans, parks de­part­ment su­per­vi­sor Tim Dewitt, Lions Club mem­bers and ev­ery­one who has sup­ported build­ing the court.

Mayor Maddox, a Lions Club mem­ber, spoke briefly and said he was ex­cited about the project and felt it would be a “great thing” for Gravette. He pre­dicted it would be heav­ily used and would be a real as­set to the city. Two of his sons, Austin Maddox and An­drew Maddox, were present and said they plan to play on the court when it is com­pleted.

Mat­tler noted that the foos­ball court project is the cul­mi­na­tion of ef­forts by busi­ness­men, com­mu­nity mem­bers and city of­fi­cials. Not ev­ery com­mu­nity can se­cure such co­op­er­a­tion, he said, “but here we are and we have done it.”

Jeff Davis, sec­re­tary-trea­surer of the Lions Club, said it is re­ally good to be­gin ac­tual work on the court af­ter almost a year of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion.

Work days are planned each week­end in March and early April, weather per­mit­ting. The next sched­uled work day is Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m., when post holes will be dug and posts set. Vol­un­teer work­ers are still be­ing sought. Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing with the project should call Mat­tler at 479-640-1199 or Davis at 479-787-1068.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

Mayor Kurt Maddox (cen­ter) joins fel­low Lions Club mem­bers at the shovel to break ground for the city’s new hu­man foos­ball court, sponsored by the Lions Club and Gravette busi­ness­man Danny White.

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