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April 27, 2013

Adams Park features wide range of outdoors fun

PORT ARTHUR — Siblings Roy Culver and Juanita Culver smiled as they looked over a complex filled with sporting and outdoor recreational facilities located in the city’s largest park on Saturday.

Dark clouds swirled overhead and threatened but did not produce rain as the brother of sister of Port Arthur native and Congressional Medal of Honor Staff Sgt. Lucian Adams gathered with city leaders and employees and others to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the park named in Adams’ honor.

“I want to salute all of you for doing such a wonderful job,” Roy Culver said during the ceremony.

Juanita Culver said her brother, Lucian Adams, spent 40 years as a contact person for the Veterans Administration assisting veterans receive benefits. As a bi-lingual person he was able to travel from his bas office in San Antonio to the valley and help veterans there.

Adams was awarded the medal of honor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of live above and beyond the call of duty on Oct. 28, 1944 near St. Die, France, during World War II.”

Albert Thigpen, director of parks and recreation for the city ticked off a list of the features of the park which includes two new softball fields with concession building which will form the foundation for a tournament competition ready softball quadriplex, fitness trail, nature trail and outdoor classroom/leisure engagement area.

The park also features barbecue pits, tables and seating areas.

Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince commended the parks staff for their work in getting the acreage prepared and of the Culver and Adams family while City Manager Floyd Johnson spoke of a park for use by all ages that will complement the community.

Roxane Eley, with Texas Parks and Wildlife recreation grant branch, was delighted to be on hand for the ribbon cutting, she said.

“Sometimes I’m in the office and don’t always get to see the outcome,” Eley said of the project. “It’s wonderful to see how the park turned out.”

Harriet Collins, parks supervisor, commended her staff for their hard work on the park, adding they are blessed to get the park up to standards and ask the citizens to keep the park looking nice.

A portion of the matching funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant was provided by voter approval of Proposition 8 in 2006 allowing the use of economic development corporation funds for that purpose.

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