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Park Commission discusses possible funding for project

11/7/13 | By Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES—The Park Commission reviewed a proposed form that businesses seeking to use the parks for commercial purposes would submit to the Mayor and Town Council at its Nov. 6 meeting.

The draft “Park Use Application and Permit: Business Activity” form would include contact information for the business, the proposed use for the facility requested, date and time requested, and the number of people expected to attend the event. If approved by the council, the forms would be submitted for events in Dr. William Edward Henry Park on Flower Street and Stephen Decatur Memorial Park on Tripoli Street.

Now that judges for the Stephen Decatur Park Mural Contest have been chosen, the Parks Commission met Nov. 6 to discuss possible funding resources for the beautification project. The commission will apply for grant funding and sponsorships to pay for supplies, consulting fees and prizes associated with the project. So far, the project has received a $250 anonymous donation and donations from Baked Dessert Café and Gallery and Ayers Creek Adventures. Commission members were encouraged to recruit additional local donors and sponsors.

The commission will propose grant applications for the Mary Humphreys Foundation and Worcester County Arts Council to the mayor and town council at the next meeting, Nov. 12, according to Deputy Administrator Mary Bohlen, the town’s liaison to the commission. A grant of $2,300 would be requested from the Humphreys Foundation and $500 would be requested from the Arts Council’s mini-grant program, according to the proposed applications.

Commission Member Loretta Brown-Briddell said the veteran’s organization, Walk Through thley #0093, which recently received a charter from the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc., agreed to sponsor a flowerbed in Henry Park.

Other organizations and businesses that have sponsored flower beds in the parks or town include Berlin First Baptist Church Youth Group, Calvin B. Taylor Bank, the Church Mouse Thrift Shop, The Nest, Little Bodies Big Hearts, Stephen Decatur High School National Honor Society, Stephen Decatur Middle School students, Tex-Mex & Beyond and the Waystead Inn.

Commissioners discussed final details for upcoming Just Walk Berlin, a physical fitness event on Nov. 9. The commission is co-sponsoring the event with the Worcester County Health Department

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