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Construction continues

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Aug. 19, workers poured concrete for a basketball court. The basketball court is part of the new Fulton County Recreation Complex located on Highway 9 north. Photo by Emily McIntosh
A clear blue sky beckons children to come play outside underneath it. But what to do, and what to play?

Both children and adults alike love playing games outdoors, but it is difficult to find facilities to play in that aren't already in use. Soon that difficulty will be a thing of the past.

Workers from R&R's Ready Mix poured concrete for the basketball court located at the new recreation complex on Highway 9 north, just past the hospital, Aug. 19. At the moment, that is the only work that can be seen, but Karen Coffman of the county clerk's office and Fulton County Judge Charles Willett said there is more work to be done.

Coffman said Fulton County has received a matching grant from Arkansas Parks and Tourism for a recreation complex. The Fulton County Recreation Complex will consist of 25 acres of land. It will have four baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, picnic tables, a pavilion, a walking trail, playground equipment and a concession stand. Willett said in later stages of the project, there will be a tennis court and skateboard park.

Coffman said, in all, there are about 250 baseball/softball players up to 15 years of age in the Fulton County area. "There's not enough space right now for all of them to play," Coffman said.

"With this (the complex), we should be able to host adult games, (too)," Coffman said.

"It's a place that all age groups can use," Willett said. "I just think it's a great thing for our community."

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