On Thursday, local McDonald's Owner/Operator Larry Lovelace donated $4,000 to the City of Princeton Parks and Recreation Department.
Lovelace's donation will help fund new lights for the softball field at Southside Park in Princeton.
With an estimated 15,000 yearly visitors to the park and more than 1,500 community members and their families participating in local leagues, safety is of growing concern with the current outdated lighting system at the park.
Over the past several years, the City of Princeton Parks and Recreation Department has made great progress in the revitalization of Southside Park with the addition of over one mile of walking trails, paved parking, a 9-hole disc golf course, walking bridges, new restrooms, and new playground equipment.
“The City of Princeton Parks and Recreation Department has made so many big improvements to Southside Park in recent years,” said Lovelace. “We’re always looking for a way to give back to the communities we serve, and we’re happy to help provide additional safety for families in our community as they enjoy this beautiful park."
Additionally, improvements to the softball field include new outfield fencing, a new scoreboard, concrete pads for bleachers and player benches, and a new concession stand and restroom facility.
“These projects wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our local donors,” said Brent Denbo, Superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department. “We’re thankful for community members like the Lovelace Family who invest in Princeton’s future.” Lovelace and his wife, Sevin, own and operate six McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Tri-State area.