Park pavilion named for Judith Lavender
by Mark Ledbetter
CHILDERSBURG — The Kiwanis Club honored member Judith Lavender Monday by naming the new pavilion in Childersburg Kiwanis Park after her.

Former club president Bill Jones presented Lavender with a plaque and said she has always done a great job, and he appreciates her efforts through the years.

Lavender said she had no idea the recognition was planned.

She said she joined the local club in 1988, the first year Kiwanis International allowed women to be members. In 1989, she was selected to serve as club secretary-treasurer and has served in that capacity for 24 years.

Lavender said she joined the Kiwanis Club because it is a service-oriented organization that focuses on providing services for children. She said she was not sure when the local club developed plans for the park or that a club their size could build a park.

“I’m speechless, for once,” Lavender said as she received the plaque.

Jones said the pavilion has been a part of the park’s plans for at least two years.

“There’s been a lot of hot cakes and donations going to this,” he said.

Fundraisers have included golf tournaments, poinsettia sales and donations, Jones said.

A 5k run during Coosa Fest netted $3,000 for the project.

Jones also expressed his appreciation to contractors Billy Atkinson Jr. and Steve Yarnell for building such a superior structure at such a reasonable price.

Yarnell built the 24x30 structure and said he went to extra measures to secure the structure from strong winds. The posts supporting the pavilion were set with a web mesh and rebar to reduce moving, and hurricane clips were added to secure the roof during strong winds.

Yarnell said he appreciated Vansant Hardware in Sylacauga, which worked with him on prices and provided supplies and service.

Jones said the picnic tables were donated by Atkinson, Tammy Freeman and Beverly Jones and were purchased at Wings and Things. The tables are sturdy and cost $115 each, Jones said. Four were donated and there is room for more if anyone wants to donate one.

Jones said future plans for the park include the addition of play equipment for younger children and equipment accessible to the handicapped.

Chamber President Pete Storey said the pavilion can be reserved by contacting the Childersburg Parks and Recreation Department.

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