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Lake Crook Park Supporters to Organize

Dr. Richard Swint, during his presentation in February of this year to the Paris Rotary Club (eParisExtra photo)

Dr. Richard Swint, during his presentation in February of this year to the Paris Rotary Club (eParisExtra photo)

The ongoing discussion and debate of how to fully utilize and improve Lake Crook has led supporters of a Lake Crook Park to organize.

The first meeting of “Friends of Lake Crook Park” will be held Tuesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Paris Public Library, according to Jackie Alsobrook and Susan Swint.

Mrs. Swint and her husband, Dr. Richard Swint, gave the city a $100,000 donation in January of this year. With his $100,000 check, Swint attached a letter that said the donation came with a requirement that the city of Paris undertake the restoration of “Lake Crook Park” without hiring any consultants, planners or architects. The Swints opposed the city council’s plan to turn the area around the lake into a retirement or resort community.

“Friends of Lake Crook Park” will work to retain ownership of the lake and surrounding land by the citizens of Paris, and to restore and improve the park to reflect its former destination status.

A first priority will be to create a children’s park “including ducks and paddle boats, and walking trails in a serene natural setting in an economical manner designed to retain Paris’ ownership of this park.”

Everyone interested in the future of the park is invited to attend the meeting, including residents of the area who live outside the city limits.  Anyone unable to attend the meeting may support the park efforts by calling Jackie Alsobrook at 903.785.3770 or by emailing restorelakecrook@gmail.com or on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/lake.crook?fref=ts

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