The Kiwanis Club Park on Prairieville Street in Athens has a smooth new parking service as a result of Tuesday's efforts.
The old parking lot was in bad need of repairs, until Harry Boyce, his brother Charles Boyce and co-owner Lance Boyce resurfaced the park Tuesday.
Boyce (Harry) and Kiwanis member Richard Riehn. The local banker from Citizens State, told Boyce about the problem, and he agreed to do the job for cost.
“If it's for the community, and the kids in this community, I'll do it for cost,” Riehn quoted Boyce as saying.
Before the day ended, the lot was paved, striped and had four handicapped parking places marked off.
The Kiwanis Club got a $10,000 donation from the Murchison Foundation for the project. Riehn said some funds were also used from the organization's annual Pancake Breakfast and its Chili Supper.
“Kiwanis has always been thrilled to be a part of the community, and assist in children's needs in the community,” Riehn said. “We would not be able to accomplish these things without organizations like the Murchison Foundation, the City of Athens and its citizens.”
Riehn did ask for everyone's help in taking care of the new parking lot, in light of recent vandalism problems at the park.
“We've seen so much damage to the fence we put up a couple of years ago,” he said. “Any money we have to spend on the park is that much less money we have to spend on scholarships for students to attend TVCC, and to provide for other children's assistance.”
The fence was also hit by a car that ran off the road, resulting in $8,000 worth of damage.