An effort inspired by the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s Music in the Park series is underway to enhance Stonebridge Memorial Park’s electrical service.
“Last year, through our enjoyment of the chamber’s summer concert series, we saw the need for improved access to a power source,” said Mark Kelso of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Arts Center, which is spearheading the effort.
“There were simply insufficient electrical outlets in the park, and from the standpoint of safety and the need for additional outlets for both the groups performing and concessionaires, we decided to take this on,” he said. “It’s totally a community project, and we’re looking for co-sponsors to help us offset the expense.”
Proponents first approached the Fayetteville Department of Parks and Recreation’s board of directors and then the Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Kelso said, noting that the city is helping underwrite the project, but still, a great deal of support is needed to raise the goal amount of $5,000.
“Right now, we’re halfway to our goal,” he continued. “The structural work has been done … We’ve ran 300 feet of underground cable to the parking lot side of Eufaula Street, and we’ve put in a circuit box – a 150-amp breaker box – with six outlets. Ultimately, the way it’s been done, the circuit box can be enlarged and additional underground wiring added to accommodate needs as growth occurs.
“This Arts Center wants this to be seen as a community project and not as a project of the Arts Center,” Kelso continued. “The members of the Arts Center are simply coordinating the project.”
To assist in raising the funds, the group will be selling T-shirts promoting the 48th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, Southern Weekend of Art, set for June 14-15. On the back of the shirt, there will be 50 sponsorship spots available at the cost of $100 each – sponsors can purchase multiple spots. There will also be one spot at the top of a sleeve available for $500.
Sponsors so far include the following, listed in order of the size of donations, Elk River Crafters, Fayetteville Lions Club, Gallant Riverview Funeral Home, Gardner’s Choice Concepts, Lincoln County Mayor Peggy Bevels, City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation, First National Bank, Draperies Galore & More, positively-visual.com, davidlivinghealth.com, Tabor Consultants, Bagley and Bagley Insurance, Fayetteville Lumber, Fayetteville Aviation, First United Methodist Church, Lincoln County Health System, Parks Jewelry & Gifts, and Anonymous Donors.
“One-hundred percent of the funds received from this project will go toward the electrical service enhancement project for Stonebridge Park,” continued Kelso. “In the event that more funds are raised, we’ll give the difference to the chamber for the concert series.”
The shirts will be sold for $10 each, though each $100 sponsor will receive one of the shirts, and some of them may also be given away during the Southern Weekend of Art.
Proponents hope to have the project completed by May 1. Anyone interested in supporting the cause can contact Kelso by phone at (931) 625-7609, or checks can be made out to the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Art Center – Park Project and mailed to 303 South Main Avenue, Fayetteville, 37334.