Vinemont’s Henry and Roe Wood Park gets a facelift

Isabel Neese, Bipin Prasai and Tessa Neese give Henry and Roe Wood Park’s play carriage a new coat of paint at the Town of South Vinemont’s Park Cleanup Day (Cheyenne Sharp)

VINEMONT, Ala. – Vinemont’s Henry and Roe Wood Park is nestled between the middle and high schools. For years, students and children have spent hours on the beloved playground, leaving the play spot a little worse for wear.

On Saturday, June 8, with the help of local realtor Richard Neese and his team, the Vinemont Town Council and volunteers from the community, the longtime staple received a nice facelift.

The play structures were given a fresh coat of bright red paint and the structures will have new sand and barriers delivered in the next week. The park’s fence now has newly rooted greenery, donated by local business Man Cave Market and planted by the day’s volunteers, adding an extra barrier between the playground and the main roadway.

The park has a large empty space, one that used to hold a large wooden castle-like climbing structure; unfortunately, the elements and the passage of time caused the structure to deteriorate, leading to its removal.

While the lot nearest to the old lodge stands empty, one of the cleanup’s organizers, Becca Gibbs, said that will change soon with the addition of a handcrafted wooden swing donated by The Amish Gallery and the installation of a seating space.

“We are hoping to bring some tables over from the Vinemont Sportsplex and make a nice little seating area,” said Gibbs. “That way, parents and moms can park and have somewhere shaded to sit while they watch their children play.”

The materials for the park cleanup were largely donated by businesses and residents. Sherwin Williams, Man Cave Market and The Butcher Meat Co. were all involved in the project.

“The Butcher donated to the cleanup, but they also sent us snacks and lunch for the group and volunteers,” smiled Gibbs. “They’re really great people.”

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