GUY — The Guy City Council gave the OK on Monday to allocate funding to install lights at the city park.

During a public hearing held in June 2018, one woman brought up her concerns regarding the need for more lighting at the park.

“Is there a way to get a light [installed] in the parking lot, because it’s very dark with the asphalt and everyone’s scared they’re going to hit a child or small adult,” resident Katie Sherwood said last year. Currently, other than the lights installed at the softball and baseball fields, there is no additional lighting at the park. Following evening games and practices, families walk back to their vehicles in the dark.

Alderman David Stephens revisited the issue during the council’s regularly-scheduled meeting Monday night, stating there was a need to light up the parking lot as well as the city’s walking trail. Stephens proposed LED lighting be installed on both the south and east end of the parking lot at the city park, as well as in the existing pavilion, with four other poles extending from the barking lot to the baseball and softball fields.

Following a 5-0 vote, with alderman Nikki Dollar absent, the council gave the OK to allocate no more than $8,600 to light up the park.

Resident Lacey Blair Wilson told the Log Cabin Democrat on Tuesday the upgrades to the park will greatly improve safety for those visiting the Guy City Park.

“I am so excited abut the city council approving the funding for lights for the parking lot and pavilion at the city park,” she said. “There have been years of late-night practices, baseball games and other events. Even though we live in a tight-knit, safe community, nobody likes walking into dark parkings lots no matter where you are.”

Parents headed to the park to let their children play and families attending local sporting events will be able to get back and forth to their vehicles safely once the newly-approved lights are installed.

“Lit up parking lots make it safer all the way around, with parents loading children into their cars and children slipping away from their parents — accidents happen,” Wilson said. “I think this is a good added feature to our already nice park. Great job, city council.”

In other business, the council also voted 5-0 to allocate $10,000 from its capital improvements fund to make upgrades to its future community center.

City officials have worked toward a plan to convert an old, historic rock church located at 300 Pinnacle Springs Road, just off the intersection of Highway 25, into a community center/library.

Earlier this year, the city applied for a 50/50 grant offered by the Arkansas Rural Development Commission in hopes of receiving $15,000. At this time, it is unknown if that money will be awarded toward the project.

If the city receives the funding, work should begin immediately to begin converting the historic piece into the Guy Library/Community Center, Mayor Sam Higdon previously said.