JASPER — A heroic effort last week helped revamp and renew Buddy Parker Park.

On Oct. 29, eight employees from Lowe’s were at the park to bring a new face and upgrades at the park as one of the Lowe’s Heroes Projects.

Lowe’s Heroes Projects are occurring throughout the country, which has been a facet of the Lowe’s company since the 1990’s. Employees with Lowe’s all across the country volunteer and participate in their respective communities they serve to help instill community service as they strive to make a difference in their communities through the Heroes Projects.

Lowe’s employees included in the efforts — which included $2,500 in materials — to uplift Buddy Parker Park were William Mitchell, JoAnna Floyd, Patricia Beaden, Dania Barraza, Rio Barazza, Amanda Shelton, LeConti Bristol and Katrina Webb.

Other volunteers included Gerald Allen, Ronnie Paul Jr. and Frankie Hunter.

Labor-intensive work was completed to help lift the park, which did not go unnoticed.

In the process of work being completed and upgrades being made to Buddy Parker Park, Jessica Lanier — a resident in the community — made an appearance to express her thanks to those volunteering to help her community.

“I just wanna let you all know that I appreciate what you’re doing in my community, these kids deserve this,” she said. “I hate to say that it may be in vain with all these grown adults coming here and destroying it, I hope they can put a stop to it because these kids deserve a place to play and have fun.”

In all, the volunteers were able to re-mulch the playground set, paint lines on both basketball courts, build barriers around the park benches and filled with river rocks, build a barrier in between the two pre-existing pavilions and filled it with mulch and a picnic table, build and fill a sandbox for the children, as well as paint the posts of the already existing pavilions to cover up explicit vandalism that was written.

The end product was nothing short of something that only Heroes could accomplish.

LaBarfield Bryant, council member on Jasper City Council, came to oversee the improvements made to the park, located in his district. He commented that he thought it was a great uplift and he was glad to see something nice being done in his community.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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