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January 15, 2014

Donations drive new park features

Corsicana — Thanks to donations from a local trust and the Corsicana Independent School District, some new features are coming to Corsicana’s Community Park.

A new look at some of the city’s tennis courts and a new playground addition are two of the improvements on tap for this spring.

The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with C.I.S.D. to bring a new playground feature to Community Park.

A retired school bus was recently approved for donation to the city by the school board. It will occupy a space next to one of the park’s favorite play spaces — a “retired” fire truck.

“It is rare to drive through Community Park without seeing children covering the fire truck,” said Sharla Allen, Corsicana’s parks and recreation director. “Because the retired fire truck has proven to be one of the park’s most popular pieces of equipment, our hope is to provide another unique feature to stimulate play.”

A retired police car didn’t fare as well, often becoming the target for vandals. It has since been removed from the park.

The bus is currently being repainted and should be set and ready for springtime.

Allen is also pleased to announce the approval of a grant submitted to the Community National Bank and Trust of Texas and the Rena Fleming Foundation for Youth, Inc. to resurface the first three tennis courts at Mertz Tennis Center with a “kid-friendly blended line schematic” — new striping to meet new rules from the United States Tennis Association governing competition for kids 10 and under.

“For many years, youth sports have used equipment, fields, and courts scaled to the size of young players,” Allen said. “The new line schematics will provide an age-appropriate, progressive approach to learning and playing the game.”

Allen said the Parks and Recreation Department depends on the generosity from grants like the Rena Fleming Foundation for Youth to enhance the city’s parks. The $2,000 cost of repainting and placing the retired school bus is being paid for from donated funds, she said.

“We cannot say thank you enough to C.I.S.D. and the Rena Fleming Foundation for Youth for contributing the new projects,” Allen said.

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