Hamilton Park Celebration Honors History, Outlines Future of Terry County

Written by Michael Castellon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 6, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon, m.castellon@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – At a ceremony dedicating Brownfield’s Hamilton Park Saturday, Texas Tech University College of Education Dean Dr. Sheryl Santos said the facility will serve as a reminder of the role education plays in West Texas’ rural communities. The event, which featured a celebration luncheon, was also attended by U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer.

“The educational areas of Hamilton Park will serve to remind our children of the accomplishments of the city and county and the hopes for a better future,” Santos said. “The park will provide students with many opportunities to expand the mind and explore possibilities. The creative learning that will take place as a result of this town’s vision can never be measured in dollars but it will manifest itself through the appreciation of educators that use it as a teaching resource.”

Former Terry County resident Richard L. Ridgway, who also served as principle organizer of the event, said education will be at the forefront of initiatives designed to promote the future of rural West Texas communities.

“Some of us have identified wise use of the land and water, new technologies, health services, economic development, and education as key elements in building a promising future for rural communities,” he said. “Certainly, education transcends all of these elements, so we think that it is particularly fitting to have a special focus on education.”

The park features a series of large panels that include historical and contemporary photographs. Other features in the landscaped park are a windmill, two rest areas, a Texas Historical Commission marker, inscribed memorial bricks and two bronze sculptures.

Developers have provided an opportunity for individuals, families, organizations and businesses to be a part of the park by being recognized on inscribed bricks. Forms for making contributions for bricks are available at the City Hall and at the Brownfield Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact the chamber at (806) 637-2564.

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CONTACT: Karen Jacobsen, director of external relations, Texas Tech University College of Education, (806) 742-1998, ext. 435, karen.jacobsen@ttu.edu