Improvements on the way for Gainesville park

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

GAINESVILLE, TX - A very important part of one of the most popular parks in North Texas is getting a needed face lift.

A historical structure at Leonard Park in Gainesville is under construction this week.

"It is one of our oldest landmarks in any of our park systems." said Patrick McCage.

Parks and Recreations Director, Patrick McCage, says the large pavilion at the park is over 100 years old. Family reunions, concerts and other events have taken a toll on the foundation. Crews are now working to replace the concrete floor and the brick wall around it.

"This is the crown jewel of Gainesville and it is evident that the people, the citizens of Gainesville realize that as well." said McCage.

That's why Home Depot recently gave them a grant to plant 20 new trees to replace those destroyed in a June storm, and that's just part of what draws visitors from far and wide.

"The shade, the trees and just you know the picnic tables it's beautiful, it's a really nice family park." said Melba Barnard.

Melba Barnard comes a long way to bring her 2 kids to Leonard Park.
She says it's well worth the drive.

"You know it's 2 hours from where I live but when I come down from Fort Worth I'll stop by and visit the park." said Barnard.

McCage says he takes a lot of pride in preserving the beauty of this historical park.

"I am the stewart for the citizens of Gainesville to maintain and also try to improve as much as we can for the enjoyment of all the citizens of Gainesville and of course all the visitors that flock to the park." McCage said.

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