Park gets walking path
More than 50 students and adult volunteers helped lay a walking path on June 26, 2004 around the new 4,649 square ft. playground at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Hopkins Park as part of a Learn and Serve project funded through a grant from the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
The $5,000 grant was awarded to the I-KAN Regional Office of Education's Teen REACH After School Programs. Students from the program's Garden of Prayer Youth Center site in Momence and from its Hope House site in Hopkins Park participated. Pictured are Henry Wilkes, a Teen REACH participant at the Hope House site, and Tom Mitchells of the Crossroads Church in Sherriville, Ind. as they put down underlinement material before filling the path with more than 36 yards of mulch.
The playground was part of community KaBoom build last summer, however, there were insufficient funds to complete the walking path at that time. Several trees and 30 shrubs also were planted.