Helping Enhance the Gleason Community Through Clay:
From its beginning, in
June 2014, the focus of the Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee
has been on the enhancement of downtown Gleason and the surrounding area
- including both City Parks.
During the past year the
Downtown Revitalization initiative has been involved in several
beautification projects that have focused specifically on downtown
Gleason. These projects have included the painting of fire hydrants and
planting flowers at various locations throughout the downtown area.
Perhaps the largest downtown revitalization project undertaken by
members of the Revitalization Committee has been the recent painting of the J & P Car
Care building at the corner of Cedar and Main streets. This service
station has a long history going back at least to the early 1950's and
represents one of downtown Gleason's most notable landmarks. This
downtown enhancement effort
provides visitors entering the downtown area with the most positive view
of downtown Gleason possible.
As a result of having a
successful year of funding, resulting from hosting several park events
and community calendar sales, other projects have also taken shape. One
such project has been an attempt to enhance Huggins Park after
several years of neglect.
Here, flowers, trees,
and a herb garden have been planted. And, a Disc Golf course has been
developed for all to enjoy. The Revitalization Committee has already
hosted an initial disc golf tournament - which had a very good turnout.
In terms of structural
modifications at the park, two lengthy sections of rusty chain link
fence were recently removed which had previously posed potential safety
concerns and been aesthetically unappealing.
Upon removing this
section of fence it was determined that the old fence should be replaced
by a new vinyl fence to separate the park area itself from the driveway
and parking area adjacent to the park.
Given the cost of this
fence, we were very fortunate that Imerys Ceramics graciously
volunteered to serve in the role of Corporate Supporter, by providing
the funds necessary for the purchase of the needed 190 foot section of
white vinyl fence.
This new fence for Huggins Park was formerly dedicated on
Wednesday July 29, 2015, with members of the Gleason Downtown
Revitalization Committee and a number of representatives from Imerys
Ceramics being present.
Anderson, President of the Gleason Downtown Revitalization Program,
receives a check in the amount of $1,500 dollars from Brent Eugley of
Imerys North America Ceramics (formerly KT Clay Co.) for the new vinyl
fence at Huggins Park.
Left Side: Imerys Ceramics Representatives:
Front Row: Left to Right: Kim Montgomery - Ball Clay Lab
Technician; Katy Lucas (dark green shirt/brown pants) - Geologist
Back Row: Left to Right: Stacy Collins - Ball Clay Technician;
Cruz Legens - Ball Clay Lab Technician; Eric Duke (white shirt)
Production Supervisor; Kerry Arnold -(EHS) - Environmental Health and
Safety Manager; Brent Eugley (with check) - Environmental Coordinator;
James Jarrett (right side with bright yellow shirt) - Ball Clay Quality
Control Manager/Product Development Coordinator.
Side: Revitalization Committee Representatives:
Left to Right: Mayor Diane Poole (behind fence) , Charles Anderson-President
(receiving check), Rose Anderson, Gary Doster, James Jarrett (Imerys
Representative), Chief Jeff Hazelwood, Doris Owen-Treasurer, Jim Johnson
and Matt Cady.
The entire city of
Gleason would like to say Thank You to Imerys Ceramics for their very
generous donation to cover the cost of this beautiful new white vinyl
fence at Huggins Park
Individual and corporate
sponsor donations are greatly appreciated as we move forward into the
year, and make plans for 2016.