After having to jump several hurdles over the past few months, the Williamson Park Board made a motion to have the roof of the historic Fieldhouse recoated and the outside of the building painted.
Recreation Director Bandon Ball said the bid went to Tim Reed Paint and Decorating of South Williamson, Ky.
“This is something that is really needed,” Ball said. “The funding is coming through the Park and no other local organization is providing money for this project.”
Originally there was a grant approved from the state, but due to certain unforeseen issues, that is no longer the case.
Reed’s crew was power washing the building this week in preparation of starting the roofing and painting job as soon as possible, according to Ball.
Ball had more good news for the Park Board. The Williamson Kiwanis Club has pledged $25,000 to resurface the tennis court and basketball court at West End, which is located adjacent to the City Softball Park and swimming pool.
The two older back tennis courts will also be resurfaced. Ball would like to see one of those courts made into a skateboard park and also see a concession stand built at the facility.
The tennis court will get a new green surface with a white border and a new net. The basketball court will be painted maroon and the goals and nets will be painted and repaired.
“I’m excited about this project,” Ball said.
Since starting the position as Park Board Director, Ball has hit the ground running. He is assisting with the Williamson Buddy League. In fact, there will be a free basketball camp at the Fieldhouse on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. with state championship coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson conducting the clinic.
Ball has also been having an open gym for basketball players during the week. The facility is also open to walkers, especially during inclement weather.
Lefty Hamilton Park has been the site of middle school soccer and football games.
On Tuesday, December the 8th, Mingo Central’s boys’ basketball team will open the regular season playing host to Logan High School. Thompson, a former Williamson and Tug Valley head coach, is now coaching the Miners program, while former Wolfpack coach Allan Hatcher is coaching the Wildcats. More will be released on that game at a later date.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)