Pride in their park

 The Young Adults Class at Houston First United Methodist Church recently refurbished the seesaws at the city park on Pearl Street. Shown are Will Montgomery, from left, Jonathon Taylor, Juston Rea, Daniel Alford, Tyson Alford, Mary Jon Rea and Wendy Taylor. (Courtesy Photo)


The Young Adults Class at Houston First United Methodist Church recently refurbished the seesaws at the city park on Pearl Street. Shown are Will Montgomery, from left, Jonathon Taylor, Juston Rea, Daniel Alford, Tyson Alford, Mary Jon Rea and Wendy Taylor. (Courtesy Photo)

HOUSTON – They saw a need and got to work.

The Young Adults Sunday School class at Houston First United Methodist Church saw a need for repairs to the Park on Parks Street next to the National Guard Armory and set about the business of fixing them.

“This project was our Sunday School class’, the Young Adults at the First United Methodist Church, continuation of the “Methodist On A Mission” Project,” said Will Montgomery, a class member. “Frank Alford, our Sunday School teacher, challenged us to come up with a project that our class could do that was along the same theme as the Methodist On a Mission project.”

Members of the class had spotted the playground equipment at the park was in need of repair when they worked on another beautification project at the park last year.

“We identified this project and noticed the need when we were covering up the graffiti in the pavilion located in the same park during October 2013 as part of the Methodist on a Mission project,” said Montgomery. “Our class of about 15 strong decided to donate money and then meet once to build the see saws and then again to remove the old ones and replace with the new ones.”

Members of the class gathered recently and spent a day taking off the old boards and replacing them with new lumber. They also cleaned up the hardware and made them safer.

Montgomery said the class has been inspired to look for other projects. They also hope others will look around Houston and consider a small beautification project this summer.

Montgomery said the class’ goal simple.

“Our hope is that kids can continue to enjoy this park,” said Montgomery.

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