Parker Bennett Community Center Gets Makeover

By Melissa Warren | 

These are the children who play here almost everyday. Now, at the Parker Bennett Community Center in Bowling Green, they'll have even more to look forward to.

"The kids used to just come into the center and hang out, but now there's something for them to do," said Parker Bennett Community Center Supervisor Omar Rogers.

"The basketball court is what I really want to use the most," said After School Program Attendee Dequantez Lewis.

That basketball court is newly updated, and it's not the only change you can see at the center.

"We got a new basketball court. They fixed the playground. We got new equipment, and I'm pretty appreciative of what we've got now," said Lewis.

There is one new addition that seems to be drawing quite the attention.

"If we were to say just go outside and play, where they're going to go is to that climbing structure. Everybody wants to get on the top," said Rogers.

It's not all about the kids. With a new shelter and walking path, there's something for everyone.

"The families can come in here, have a barbecue, a picnic, and use the basketball courts. Everything for the family is what we're after," said Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Director Brent Belcher.

The project had a price tag of about $250,000 and Belcher says they were able to keep costs down because Bowling Green Parks and Recreation maintenance staff helped build some of the additions.

The after school program alone has 65 children in attendance, but the center is open to anyone in the community.

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