Murry Park, located on Murry Lane, just off of 10th Street in Rolla, used to exist as little more than a small green space on the edge of a developed neighborhood. Thanks to a group of motivated students, Murry Park has gotten a face lift.
Community members are invited to the ribbon cutting marking the dedication of Murry Park off 10th and Angus Valley, Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.
The Rolla Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will help christen the revitalization of Murry Park, which came about due to the efforts of three Scouts – Erich Baur, Seth Burton and Jeremiah Jeffers.
Their project, which took place in stages, encompassed over three years of planning, organization and collaboration with fellow Scouts, volunteers, city parks and public works staff, and the donations and sponsorship of Bales Roofing, Kiwanis Club, Rotary, Meeks, Rolla Ready Mix, Delbert Day, Hester Wise, Phelps County Bank, Thrivent Financial and Lowe’s.
The park makeup included landscaping throughout, slides, a gazebo, a bench and the refurbishment of the basketball court.
The plans were designed by Baur, Burton and Jeffers, who originally came together through the Future City competition, where students create plans for city development and improvement in response to specific challenges and themes. While they don’t compete in Future City anymore, Baur, Burton and Jeffers enjoyed the process enough to form their own program alumni group, where they assist in the competition and even offer their own award. The last year Baur and Burton competed, with Jeffers having aged out of the program, the theme for the competition was “The Power of Public Spaces.” Having lived next to Murry Park, Baur saw the space as the perfect project to use for the competition.