Sep 2, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
The Morningside Park at Morgan Place in Elon, N.C., has been a passion for Pam and Frank Haith. Rededicated last year, the Haith Family began working on a campaign in 2008 to bring their neighborhood playground back to life, not only to help beautify his childhood home, but to create a sports park for the children of the city.
On Tuesday, the Haith Family and several members of the Elon City Council will be on hand to remove the ceremonial first dirt and present contributions to help jumpstart the $325,000 campaign for the park's rejuvenation.
"We are so excited to have this project get underway," Pam Haith said. "Frank has been so passionate about this project and when you can give back to your home, it becomes something very special. He was of course very adamant about having a basketball court in the park and his contributions will go to fund the court, fencing, goals, nets and everything a great outdoor court needs."
There was a court at Morningside, but it bordered on unplayable. Cracks littered the concrete and the rims were bent and unable to support a net. Despite the poor conditions, however, play on the court continued and Haith decided to help the city renovate the facility to encourage more use by the neighborhood's youth.
"That park was special to us growing up and it was difficult seeing it fade away," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "Morgan Place is a proud community with great people and to be able to go home and give back is special for our family. Tuesday will be very special. I can't wait to get back and see it after the project is completed."
In addition to a premier outdoor basketball court, the park will feature picnic and grilling areas, playground equipment, a shelter, areas for outdoor performances, bocce ball courts and more.
"I am really looking forward to Tuesday," Haith said. "It's not just going to be a park, but they will have community events there. We are going to have basketball camps, concerts, everything you would want in a community recreation area. The sky is the limit for that park and this is a great first step."
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.