Park in Payne Subdivision gets basketball court

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Bernard Johnson and Altorio Holden, members of the Richard Johnson Regional Improvement Foundation, watched workers pour and smooth out concrete for a basketball court at the Richard Johnson Recreational Park Oct. 20 in Payne Subdivision.

Johnson, President and CEO of the Foundation, said they purchased 3.4 acres in 2015 and immediately began clearing it out. With the help of donations from the community and the foundation’s efforts, they raised enough money to begin the first phase of the park, which is the basketball courts. Future phases include a walking track, jungle gym and other playground equipment, a pavilion, baseball diamond and a building to house after school and mentoring programs.

The foundation continues to raise money through a GoFundMe campaign: For more information email or call 318-332-5551.