By Tammy Moore Teague
The Hartford City Council met on Monday night and unanimously approved the proposal by newly elected Mayor, Mary Radley, to allow city hall to be utilized as an activity center for area youth.
Radley’s proposal called for a two night reservation of the facility dedicated to entertaining and promoting young people in the Hartford area. Citizens, Danny Hancock, Roy Shankle and Judy Adair generously loaned and donated the games and equipment. The equipment and games include a pool table, foosball, air hockey and ping pong. These, according to Adair are only a start. There are plans to offer popcorn and soft drinks for sale, but indicated that everything else will be free.
Additionally, Adair, Michael Fildes, James Fildes are donating a new basketball goal for the park. During the meeting, Larry Turgeon, Zina Rosso, and Melba Martin donated the funds needed to purchase a new rim for the existing backboard, two chain nets, and the materials for a wider version of the waterslide, which was on hand at the Independence Day Celebration. Mayor Radley indicated she wanted to see the waterslide set up on a regular basis for the kids to enjoy.
Finalized dates and times are in the works. Volunteers are needed, however, to oversee these activities. If you are interested in helping out, you can contact Adair or Mayor Radley at City Hall, 479-639-2219. Adair extended a special thanks to the donors, volunteers as well as the mayor and council for taking action to support area youth.