ESTO – In an effort to add a little something to their community, Esto Town Council recently added a gazebo to E.W. Carswell Park.
The council is always looking for ways to improve the town and its facilities and this was a perfect fit, town officials said. Town employees, along with staff members from Gateway Academy, are excited at the new addition.
Councilman John Hagans happened to be perusing a handful of "buy, sell and trade" pages on Facebook and came across the structure. Contact was made with the owner and a deal was struck for $250. The cost was paid out of the general fund.
Gateway Academy provided the heavy equipment and trailer to move the gazebo from Dothan. Joe Hardy, Dillon Wade and Earl Bodie helped to make the relocation happen without incident.
Town Clerk Yvonee Hagans says the gazebo is a welcome addition.
"The gazebo will serve for many years to come as a welcome addition to the Parks of Esto," said Hagans. "We would like to thanks the staff of Gateway Academy and Director Clay Hatcher for their assistance."
In additon to the gazebo, the town is looking to place a splash pad there as well.
Funds to build the splash pad would come from a Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant, officials said. The splash pad and satellite dishes for shade are at the top of the list from a survey taken by residents as to what they would like to see done in each park.
There are plans for John Clark Park as well. According to the survey, residents would like to have a walking trail be the first thing go in at the park, followed by refurbishing the fishing pier at the pond.
E.W. Carswell Park is located at 999 Commerce Street in Esto with John Clark Park just across the street.