Plumrose USA, a subsidiary of food company JBS USA, has announced its investment in the Kids Town Park restoration project in Booneville, as part of the company’s Hometown Strong initiative.

Plumrose USA is contributing $400,000 to renovate the park to help create an area the community can be proud of and to establish a place where children and their families can safely play.

“We are excited to support this project in partnership with the City of Booneville and look forward to building a new Kids Town that will have lasting benefits for our community,” said Tony Dalcour, Plumrose Booneville Plant Manager. “Our hope is that this project will provide a place where friends, families and neighbors can enjoy coming together.”

Booneville aldermen voted Tuesday to approve spending an additional $200,000 in tourism tax funds on the project.

“Twenty-three years ago, the people of Booneville had a dream of a place that their children could all go play together,” said Jon Hill, City of Booneville Director of Parks and Recreation. “Even after all of this time, people don’t say ‘we are going to the playground,’ but they say, ‘we are going to play at Kids Town.’ It has been a staple in our city for many years, but unfortunately it has reached its prime. Now, thanks to Plumrose USA and their generous donation to our city and specifically the Parks and Recreation division, we can officially start our dream for a new and improved Kids Town. This has been in the planning stages for a long time, but we have never had sufficient funds or resources to make this happen. Now we do, thanks to Plumrose USA.”

The new facility will be an open concept where parents can easily see their children throughout the playground. It will also include adaptive equipment for wheelchair accessibility and inclusive play areas that are set up to accommodate all children. Even the playing surfaces will be safer with rubber surfaces, instead of the mulch that is there now. It will also include upgraded pavilions to allow for easier access to the play area.

“We would also like to thank the Mayor, the Board of Alderman, and the Park Commission for allowing us to use Booneville’s tourism dollars to help with construction,” added Hill. “This facility will also qualify for three national demonstration site awards. The adaptive and inclusive playground will be a draw for parents and children of this region for many years to come. I think this will be something the city of Booneville and Plumrose USA will take pride in, just like the original builders of Kids Town did back in 1997. I am so excited and looking forward to being a part of this new project.”

Hometown Strong is a national $50 million initiative that adds to commitments JBS USA, of which Plumrose USA is a subsidiary, has made this year to protect employees and ensure their job security amid the global pandemic. Hometown Strong is one of the largest community investment programs of its kind in the country. Visit hometown strong.jbssa.com to learn more.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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