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Parks Board commends Houck for playground upkeep

Friday, September 5, 2008

Bill Houck
The Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board congratulated Supt. of Parks Bill Houck and his crew for the upkeep of the parks and the installation of new playground equipment Wednesday.

"We appreciate all the work that they do," President Caroline McCullough said. "All the workers have really been working hard to make the parks a beautiful place for the community to be proud of."

The board motioned and seconded to remove the swing stand at the west end of Wheeler Park, that only has two baby swings on it and replace it with a porch type swing for parents to sit on.

"This will allow parents a place to sit and relax with their children," Vice President Ruth Ann Jeffries said.

The board also decided on new baby/child swing colors for both Wheeler and Forest Park.

Board members also commented on the popularity of the new train-car equipment at Forest Park. Because of their popularity the board unanimously voted to buy a fourth car for the set.

"We love being able to give back to the community and making the parks a place where children of all ages can play," McCullough said.

The board also discussed buying handicapped playground equipment with donation money from the popcorn festival.

"We want to make sure that the children can benefit from the donation," Jeffries said. "This is an area that we would love to expand in and this donation gives us the opportunity."

The board discussed what to do about animals at festivals.

"We are a community that loves our pets," McCullough said. "However, if an owner can not control their pet while they are on a leash in large crowds around other animals then something needs to be done."

Board members feel that to ensure the safety of everyone at festivals, no pets should be allowed, excluding service dogs.

"Though people can say that their animal would never hurt anyone, we don't want to put the animal or children in any position where that could happen," Jeffries said.

Board members are hoping to have the matter on the agenda at the next town council meeting, with hopefully having everything in place before the popcorn festival.

"We hope the community understands," said McCullough. "We just want to make sure everyone is safe and having a good time."

The parks board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the Brazil City Hall.

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I must also agree. There have been more improvements to our parks done in the last few years than I can ever remember. I always see Mr Houck working or checking the grounds almost seven days a week.

It is really nice to have someone that does his job so very well. It is obvious that he really takes pride in his work.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 7:50 AM

Great job, Thank You Mr. Houck!

-- Posted by Blu8 on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 8:27 AM

Thank You Mr. Houck and the Park Board for making our parks so beautiful and safe for our children. Five years ago I was driving my children to Terre Haute and Greencastle to play on the playgrounds. Now I'm thrilled in the past few years to enjoy our own local parks. It's been a thrill and treat for my twins. Thank you for all you do with what little you have to work with.

-- Posted by hoosiertwins on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 10:13 PM

Mr. Houck does a great job. He is always professional and truly cares about Brazil. A special thank you to the Parks board members and the city administration for recognizing his important work.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Sun, Sep 7, 2008, at 7:16 PM

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