A slightly bigger Christmas tree is in the offing for the downtown park fountain for the upcoming holiday season, members of the Paris Parks and Recreation Board were told Monday afternoon.

“We will be adding a four-foot extension to the base of that tree this year,” Parks Director Tony Lawrence said.

Lawrence later said  the irrigation line on the flag football field at Eiffel Tower Park had to be reworked because of the parking lot added there.

“New LED lights for the Eiffel Tower Park have been ordered. They will not only make it look great but we will then be able to move other working lights to the new pickleball courts,” Lawrence said.

McNeill Park is also staying busy with fall recreation leagues, middle school, softball, soccer and cross-country teams all practicing, as well as Henry County Youth Football.

In other business, the board learned equipment has been ordered for the Atkins-Porter Dog Park after receipt of a $25,000 Randy Boyd Foundation grant in early August.

Board members were also informed more than 80 young people are participating on the Paris Swim Team.

Lawrence said there were 20 students on the Henry County High School swim team.

He also reminded board members about the Positively + Paris & Henry County: Moving Forward Together forum, which is scheduled at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the  Krider Performing Arts Center.

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