, Port Arthur, Texas

September 2, 2013

Locals spend time outdoors on Labor Day

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

— Local parks were filled with families, friends and church groups having some Labor Day fun.

Bicyclists traversed the roads while another group held court at the boat ramps at Port Neches Riverfront Park on Monday. Elsewhere groups of people gathered at picnic tables and barbecued and members of Spanish United Pentecostal Church of Port Arthur held a good spirited game of volleyball.

Over at Doornbos Park in Nederland couples walked dogs, children played at the nearby playground and others lined up to enter Nederland Pool which was open on Labor Day.

Norma Guillot and caregiver/friend Patti Smith found a spot near the deck overlooking the pond.

“We come almost every day during the week,” Guillot said from a bench under the shade of a tree.

Smith brought along a loaf of bread and was tossed pieces into the pond to the enjoyment of the numerous ducks and geese.

“It’s so pleasant out here,” Guillot added.

Jay and Melinda Williams and their children Shelbie, 11, and Layden, 6, enjoyed their lunch at a nearby picnic table.

“We like to come out here on holidays or to Port Neches (Riverfront) Park or try to find some other economical venue,” Jay Williams, of Port Neches, said.

Sometimes the family will bring along a soccer ball; Shelbie plays soccer, or a football; Layden plays football, the father said.

The two groups looked toward the deck area where suddenly two baby ducks emerged. The baby ducks snatched up tiny pieces of bread before following an adult duck down a sidewalk to the water to the delight of those around.


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