project off to a good start
By Scott Bigelow
committee - From left: Keith Branch, Diane Jones, Mike Clark, R.D.
Locklear, Ron Brown, Bryan Maynor, Lucille Locklear, Teresa Oxendine,
Spencer Howington, Noah Woods, Buddy Bell, Guenevere Locklear and
the beautification of the Pembroke Town Park is off to a fast start,
the steering committee announced Friday, April 30.
and other pacesetter contributions, totaling $40,000, were marked on
the park's fundraising "thermometer." The group hopes to raise
$175,000 to improve the park, which is at the corner of Third Street
and Odum Road at the entrance to The University of North Carolina at
The project includes
a veteran's memorial walkway, history exhibit, playground equipment,
wrought iron fencing, landscaping, a water feature and bathrooms.
be a great addition for the town and the University," said Pembroke
Town Manager McDuffie Cummings. "Because of its location, the park
is very important to the town, and it is widely used now by Pembroke
residents and visitors."
Bank, Healthkeeperz and Shaw Office Supplies of Lumberton contributed
to the pacesetter phase of the campaign, said R.D. Locklear, president
of the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce, which is working with the
town on the project.
Architect Mike Clark
of Native American Design Services of Pembroke is providing design services
without charge, Locklear said. Katrina Locklear of Locklear and Son
Funeral Home is leading the design committee, and Spencer Howington
of Shaw Office Supplies is leading the fundraising committee.
some strong early commitments," Locklear said. "We will break
ground July 1 right after the Lumbee Homecoming parade, and we hope
to complete fundraising by Thanksgiving."
A part of the fundraising
program is an "Own a Piece of the Park" program, said Dr.
Diane Jones, UNCP's Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
park is a gateway to the University, we are partners in this project,"
Dr. Jones said. "We are building the park's future brick by brick
with this program."
A personalized brick
in the veteran's memorial walkway may be purchased for $125. Other naming
opportunities are available for benches and other features of the park.
a chamber director and director of Donor Relations at UNCP, said a brick
in the veteran's walkway is a good way to remember a loved one.
"I will be
able to remember my father, who was a World War II veteran," Oxendine
An architect's model
of the park is in the Pembroke Municipal Building for the public to
big plans for the park," Locklear said. "We will create a
park like the historic parks of Savannah, Ga.," he said.
about the park, please call the Town of Pembroke at 910.521.0647.
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