Submitted by Rotary Club of Jasper
Pickens County’s Roper Park is the proud home of the almost completed Rotary Youth Park Phase I.
Jim Milton, a member of the Rotary Club of Jasper, had an idea to have Rotary Club of Jasper provide the leadership to build a Youth Park with walking trails, play areas and beautiful trees. The idea became an actual concept with a plan when Liz Cole, a community volunteer, donated her time to draw up a concept to build the park.
From that point Rob Jones, Sole Commissioner for Pickens County, found a space that could be dedicated for use as the Youth Park within the existing Roper Park.
The county designated the space and the Rotary Club formed a committee with Jim Milton and Susan Wright as chairs to manage the project and coordinate fund raising needed to build the park. Fred Snell, also a member of Rotary, serves on the committee as well.
The park space is located next to the gravel parking area on the back side of the park next to the soccer fields. The actual plan for the park is broken down into 3 phases. Phase I consists of an oval walking path, a labyrinth, creative play earth berms, 28 trees and huge boulders. Phase II & III will incorporate additional walking trails, trees, picnic pavilion areas, benches, trash receptacles, and playground equipment for both Tots 3-5 years old and then a separate area for 6 year olds plus.
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