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Editorial: Park worth investing in

By The Clanton Advertiser staff

Thorsby officials’ plan to upgrade the lighting at Richard Wood Park is worthwhile.
Richard Wood Park is an integral part of the Thorsby community. The park is probably the main landmark people notice while driving through town. The park serves as the centerpiece of the town’s parades and as the venue for the newly instituted Movies in the Park events.
The park also has its practical uses. Many residents—and non-residents—use the park as a way to spend a nice day or for entertainment for children.
All of these are reasons why Thorsby leaders should ensure the park remains as up-to-date as possible.
The pavilion was restored recently, and lighting appears to be next on the agenda.
The initial cost and installation of the lights would be funded by proceeds from past Thorsby Swedish Festivals, and the plan is to purchase more decorative poles with brighter lights so that fewer fixtures would be needed, Mayor Dearl Hilyer said.
Options include either purchasing new lights or renting them from Alabama Power Company.
Whatever is decided by Hilyer, the town council and the Swedish Fest Committee, which is in charge of Festival funds, they would be wise to make the investment in Richard Wood Park, one of Thorsby’s most important assets.