August 1, 2012 Edition

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Promoting ticket sales for the 2012 Camaro giveaway are (from left): Dan Ellison, Kiwanis Club member; Don House, mayor of Walnut Ridge; and Fran Cavenaugh, representing Cavenaugh Auto Group.

Tickets on sale for
chance to win car

Tickets are now on sale for a chance to win a 2012 Camaro, which is being given away to help raise funds to build a swimming park at the existing city pool in Stewart Park. The car giveaway is a combined project of the Kiwanis Club, City of Walnut Ridge and Cavenaugh Auto Group.

Members of the Kiwanis Club are selling up to 2000 tickets at a cost of $100 each. Funds raised through ticket sales will be used match a 50-50 grant to renovate and upgrade the existing city swimming pool into a water park.

Cavenaugh Auto Group donated the new $32,000 vehicle and deeded it to the Kiwanis Club, which will receive five percent of their sales to use for community service projects.

A drawing for the vehicle will be held on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Cavenaugh Auto World, but ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Tickets are available from any Kiwanis Club member or by calling 870-679-9663 or Goin' Postal, 886-5060.

Swim park details given

Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House said a 40 X 50 foot splash pad will be added to the existing pool and pool area and expanded perimeters, to create the swim park.

Cost of the splash pad is estimated to be $200,000. It will be cushioned to prevent slippage or injuries and will contain upright water features, such as liquid tunnels, water loops, geysers, ground mist and an automatic activator with a re-circulating water.

Modern shade structures, called Hypars, are also included in the plans, House said. At an additional cost of $16,000, the existing bathhouse will be gutted and renovated.

House said he has worked with the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department to get a grant to match local funds. State officials and engineers have made several visits to Walnut Ridge to give guidance on the project.

Fran Cavenaugh told members of Kiwanis that she and her husband, Don, see the project as part of their efforts to help promote local tourism.

"The Cavenaughs are fully committed to investing in and improving the quality of life for Walnut Ridge and area residents," said House, adding that they also want to inspire other community involvement.

The swimming park is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013. Any unused funds raised through the project will be used to match future grants, specifically to rebuild and modify the present ballpark and soccer fields at Stewart Park.

A grant has been prepared by the East Arkansas Planning and Development District to begin a matched funding program for overall park development, House added.

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