LITTLE ROCK, AR- The priest for St. Bartholomew Catholic Church said a new park on the corner of 16th and Marshall in Little Rock has brought a new light to an otherwise dreary corner.
"For so many years we have been longing for a park," said Father Francis Damoah. "You see the children playing over there?" he asked. "They are very enthusiastic."
"Just a joyous occasion in the name of the lord," said the church's coordinator Margaret Douglas.
A game of pick-up football is underway and there's plenty of food being served.
What better day to celebrate the new addition, brought about because of St. Bartholomew's parishioners, than on their patron saint's feast day.
However the impact of this new park reaches beyond simply a religious standpoint.
"It's not only for the church but for the whole neighborhood," said Damoah.
"We have tried to include the neighborhood and our parish," said Douglas. "In fact some who haven't been to church in a while came today."
Turning a parking lot into a place for people to gather, eat, dance, celebrate.
"A joyous celebration," said Douglas.
And the result of more than a year of planning and numerous donations of people's time and money.
"The volunteers have just been overwhelming," said Douglas.