This morning's feel-good news: A post from Hindman Park and the Meadowcliff/Brookwood neighborhood associations' Facebook page about a public art project:
We are youth who seek to empower other youth through creative and important projects in the Little Rock community.
On a Saturday in February, 2012, we went to help pick-up trash at Hindman Park. While there, we picnicked, played Frisbee, skipped rocks in Fourche Creek, and explored nature. We fell in swamp mud puddles, saw squirrel-monsters, and skinned our knees. We were hooked, and returned in the spring for more clean-ups, playing, and hanging out.
Many of of us grew up going to Hindman Park, but stopped because it became unsafe and dirty. Thanks to the dedication of volunteers of the Meadowcliff Brookwood Neighborhood Association, area residents, and Little Rock Parks & Recreation, the park has been reclaimed. To contribute to the park's beautification, we painted murals on three of the giant Manhole Sewer Towers that dot the 800-acre park.
May these Murals invite other children, youth, and families back into Hindman Park. We need the park and the park needs us. We hope our artwork will inspire others to find peace and solace in the environment, and to protect it for years to come.
Please start at the first post to see our Mural Project from start-to-finish.
The Meadowcliff Brookwood Neighborhood Association
Suzanne Kunkel, volunteer mural artist
Marjorie Lacey, historian and advocate of the park
Norm Berner, Little Rock Parks and Recreation
Mary Smith, Arkansas Audubon Society
Scott at Sherwin Williams
Kim Tran, UALR Sustainability and Earth Day committee
Ivery Diego Williams III
And to our families for putting up with all the paint in our hair and clothes.