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Prattville Councilman Marcus Jackson Shares his Vision of Coach ‘Lo’ Park; Donations Sought

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Prattville City Councilman Marcus Jackson is continuing to work on fundraising for the Coach Lorenzo “Lo” Park, formerly known as Spring Hill Park on Jenson Road.

“I would like to share some of my visions for Coach Lo Park. Since the park was renamed in August of 2019, I have worked to upgrade the park and playground,” Jackson said in a post on social media. “In November, I drafted and presented a fundraising letter. In late January of this year, I met with a representative from J.A. Dawson & Co. in order to get an estimate for new playground equipment. As I began to ramp up my efforts, we were hit with the COVID19 pandemic and focuses shifted to guiding our community through the early stages.

“As time has passed and we all have adjusted to our new normal, I have returned to my efforts to upgrade the park. The estimates were for $100,890 and $191,698. The price difference is based on the surfacing of the playground. The more expensive playground would have the poured-in-place (PIP) rubber safety surfacing and the other playground would have an engineered wood fiber safety surfacing. I have included pictures of the park and the fundraising letter.”

The effort to raise $200,000 continues for the park for major upgrades.

“Coach Lo, as he was known, was a native of the Spring H ill community and a graduate of Prattville High School, where he played on the 1984 football state championship team. He was also an assistant football coach at Prattville High School and a mentor to countless young people throughout this community.” – Excerpt from Jackson letter.

Coach “Lo” passed away in 2006 on Thanksgiving Day at the Prattville High School Fieldhouse, just weeks before PHS played Hoover High for the state championship.

Along with changing the name, organizers are wanting to have a major facelift for the park, as current equipment is outdated and unsafe. Jackson has initiated raising funds to revitalize the park and encourages Prattville and area residents to take part in financial support. SEE MORE PHOTOS AND LETTER BELOW