On Thursday, November 16, 2023 the Jackson Parish Library celebrated the Grand Opening of the Jackson Parish Library Park. Situated on the grounds of the Jonesboro Branch, located at 614 South Polk Avenue, the interactive park for children of all ages and capabilities will be free for the public to enjoy seven days a week from daylight to dark.
The ceremony began with a welcome by Jackson Parish Library Board President Carol Massey followed by an invocation by Bishop Kelvin G. Stewart. Michael Golrick from The Louisiana State Library gave a few words about the impact of libraries being important for physical and mental health and was excited about this being the first Library Park of its kind.
Amy Magee spoke on behalf of the Jackson Parish Police Jury and talked about how one person can make an impact and get change to happen. Dr. James “Spike” Harris then gave a few words about the amazing partnership that the library and town hold. Floyd Knox, Jackson Parish Library Director, followed thanking all of the people that made the park happen as well as the amazing sponsors setting the stage for Yumeaka Washington, Jackson Parish Chamber President, presiding over the traditional ribbon cutting.
Following the ceremony, Johnette Downing, author and songwriter, showcased her new book in the Grand Opening of the Storywalk that was made possible by Cathy Judd and LSU AgCenter and then provided a concert for the local children to enjoy.