There were two ribbon-cuttings at The Park at The Oaks on Wednesday.
There was one for the park itself and one for the Little Free Library located there. The Park at The Oaks was a partnership betweeen the Griffin Housing Authority and The Salvation Army of Griffin and Spalding County, and was a project for Leadership Griffin+Spalding, a program of the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce.
Located between The Salvation Army Center on Meriwether Street and the Housing Authority’s Oaks at Park Point and Iris at Park Point, and backing up to the Griffin Police Department headquarters, the park includes a walking track and senior exercise stations, and is open to the entire community, not just the residents of the Oaks or Iris.
Salvation Army Lt. Tim Blevins praised “the leadership, collaboration and partnership to bring this to pass.”
Blevins said the project was being thought about when he and his wife were assigned to Griffin, which will be three years in June.
“I am a firm beliver in walking for exercise,” he said. “I try to do two miles a day, five days a week. This track is perfect for this community.”
Blevins was reminded of Timothy 4:8 — “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come,” saying it was something his
father used to justify his sedentary lifestyle. “But our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,” Blevins said, and “we need to keep it in the best condition possible.”
County Manager William P. Wilson Jr., as well as Blevins and Griffin Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Bob Dull, said this project is just one of the things to come from the partnership.
“This is what happens when you build collaboration,” Dull said.
The Park at the Oakshome is also the of the 28th Little Free Library in Spalding County. Spalding Collaborative Chairman Brett Bell said he was “very, very happy to be a citizen of Griffin,” noting that the Little Free Library effort has brought together people in the community who may not have otherwise come together.
Bell said Spalding County may have the highest concentration of Little Free Libraries in the state of Georgia. There are more than 80,000 worldwide in 90-plus countries, he said.
Bell also thanked Larry Tinsley for painting the box, which has been waiting for a home for about four months.
“You did an amazing job on this box. We want to let you know you’ll be working for us,” he said.