BY MELANIE WADE –
The Town of Hatfield has had a busy couple of weeks improving roads, adding playground equipment, and hosting their 16th Jubilee in June Celebration. Hatfield Mayor Linda Denton said the festival went over well with many enjoying the activities offered.
Just in time for the festival, the overlay and surfacing of Mershon Drive that runs from Highway 246 to Bowling Lane and continues by Hatfield Lumber Co., Smith Pallet Co., and Rich Mountain Lumber Co. The project was funded by State Aid City Street program funds in the amount of $250,000. The project was completed by Crow Paving, Inc. of Morrilton. “We are really proud to get the street paved. It’s been so rough for so long,” said Mayor Denton.
They have also added some new playground equipment to the City Park as well. Mayor Denton reports that a merry-go-round, swings, big playset, and a half-court basketball court has been installed and has already been in use by area youngsters. “We had it all installed before the Jubilee, except the merry-go-round, and there wasn’t enough time for the concrete to set so it was installed this week.” The new equipment was made possible through a $45,000 grant from Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for fundamentally underprivileged neighborhoods. “The kids are really enjoying it. We worked hard getting it ready.”
In the last year, the Town of Hatfield has received enough grants and state aid to have added four handicap parking spots at the park, as well as playground equipment, a basketball court, outdoor exercise equipment, and new sidewalks, and are now working on restrooms. “That will be the next big project,” stated Mayor Denton. They are currently in the process of accepting bids for the restroom , will begin within the month.