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Aberdeen's Acker Park to be restored

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 8/04/2014 6:28 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) --Dwight Stevens lives across the street from Acker Park.

That bird's eye view was a disturbing one for him.

"I saw the park deteriorating and we were losing ground with it," said Stevens.

This turn of the century park was once a the lifeblood of this city.

What time seems to have been forgotten, Pamela Nerren remembers well.

"I learned to swim in this pool when I was 6 years old," said Nerren.

She and others like her are sad to see what has become of Acker Park.

Dwight Stevens could not stand it any longer.

He called on the city for help and they listened. Volunteers are coming forward.

Stevens says a local man Bobby Watkins stepped up with heavy machinery and enthusiasm to match.

"We all feel a part of it and so many people have voiced their support in this," added Stevens.

This labor of love will include restoration of the fountain and other amenities still to be determined.

What's important to Stevens and others is to save this park.

"I'm sitting here watching it all happen from across the street and it's a good thing happening here in Aberdeen," added Stevens.
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