MH mayor gives parks update to Rotary Club

Photo: Rotarian Tom Kiley (left) with Rotarian and Mountain Home Mayor Hillrey Adams. Photo: Courtesy Rotary Secretary Marilyn Loveless

Mountain Home Mayor and Rotarian Hillrey Adams addressed the local Rotary Club earlier this month as the invited guest of Rotarian Tom Kiley with an update on the city’s parks.

Mayor Adams provided information about proposed upgrades and additions to the local city parks. He discussed at length the prospect of a community and aquatics center at McCabe Park, saying it would include both an indoor and outdoor pool, which could be used for therapy and swim team activities and tournaments.

Adams says he believes the new center would drive economic development in the area. During a question-and-answer period, he said the city would consider a temporary sales tax to fund maintenance and operation of the facility.

In addition to work at McCabe Park, Adams revealed changes and upgrades to Cooper Park, community ballfields and trails, as well as improving existing facilities throughout the city parks system.

Last summer, the City of Mountain Home held its first summer concert series at Hickory Park, which was a gift to the city from the Rotary Club of Mountain Home in 1954. In 2020, Adams approached his own club about volunteering to help set up and operate the concessions during the live concerts. Rotary board member Kiley headed up the venture, which was highly successful for both the city and the local club.

In his address to the Rotary Club, Adams thanked the members for giving of their time to help insure the community project was an outstanding one in its initial season.

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