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Jackson lauded for park construction

City wins Golden Nail Award

The Butts County Chamber of Commerce and Mary Lee’s China & Gifts presented the fourth Golden Nail Award to the City of Jackson on Jan. 25, in recognition of the aesthetic improvement to the city made by the Veterans Memorial Park.

The Butts County Chamber of Commerce and Mary Lee’s China & Gifts presented the fourth Golden Nail Award to the City of Jackson on Jan. 25, in recognition of the aesthetic improvement to the city made by the Veterans Memorial Park.

— The City of Jackson on Wednesday was presented with the Butts County Chamber of Commerce’s fourth Golden Nail Award.

The Golden Nail is awarded about once a month, traditionally to a Butts County business, that has made substantial outdoor aesthetic improvements.

On Jan. 25, the award was bestowed on the city, in recognition of its construction of the Jackson Veterans Memorial Park, at Third Street and Dempsey Avenue.

The park’s presence “really makes us proud to be residents and people that work in the City of Jackson,” said Cheryl Wheeler, the president of the Butts County Chamber of Commerce.

The Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated Nov. 12 in a ceremony marking Veterans Day. It includes a long granite wall with the names of Butts County residents killed in war action, and 12-inch by 12-inch carvings of the names of service members with Butts County connections. The city plans to add more carvings to the memorial each year, ahead of annual Veterans Day ceremonies at the park.

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Jackson Mayor Wayne Phillips said the park was 18 years in the making, but its construction only began after the city acquired the property -- a small, triangular lot -- in 2010, through a donation.

“It’s just a great park,” Phillips said. “Our city employees did most of the work on this ... [and] they did an outstanding job.”

“We’ve been working on this little piece of land for quite some time and we thought it would be a perfect place, and it turned out to be a perfect place,” he added. “We’re very proud of this and we’re happy to see this award coming to us, and it’s to everyone.”

The Golden Nail Award, which is presented in conjunction with Mary Lee’s China & Gifts, has previously gone to Big D’s Discount Drugs, for its outdoor mural on Third Street; the Park Avenue C Store, for its landscaping improvements; and Sherrell Funeral Home, for its landscaping and renovations.

“I think we’re all proud of how it turned out,” City Clerk Lara Brewer said of the Veterans Memorial Park.

She added that the purpose of the park was “to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and their family members ... and that’s truly the reason why we’re here.”