East Liverpool park thanks community

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One local park was rocking Sunday to say thank you to community members.

Thompson Park thanked residents in East Liverpool for their votes in the Coca-Cola “Best Park in America” competition.

“Really it is just a way to say thank you, because this has just been so much bigger than I ever imagined and we are just so thankful,” said park superintendent J.C. Blackhurst.

The contest awards the top three vote-getting parks nationwide. First place gets $100,000 in grant money, second place $50,000 and third $25,000. Thompson Park has been as high as second place, but currently sits in fourth.

“Its been unbelievable how much support we have had and like I said getting the community involved makes us a winner no matter what. There is always a chance everything has a chance so we are just hoping,” said Blackhurst.

“I was really excited when we are in second, but even in fourth there are still a lot of votes today and tomorrow so there is still a chance we come back up,” added Jane Miller of East Liverpool.

Park goers said it is the equipment inside the park that is in the most need of being replaced, but the park budget won’t allow it, and that is where this contest money would really come in handy for the park.

“Our budget is very small, and any amount of money we can get into improving playground equipment or anything around the park would be very much needed,” explained Blackhurst.

“The stuff has gotten so old, I think I heard it quoted as 20-years-old so it is pretty wore out and marked up and stuff,” said Miller.

Voting runs until Monday at midnight. Click here if you’d like to get any last-minute votes in.

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