On Tuesday, February 28, Lyon College’s Introduction to Leadership class met with Mayor Rick Elumbaugh and Director of Parks Jeff Owens to learn about the planning process behind the new and upcoming developments in Batesville, Ark.
Throughout the day, Elumbaugh and Owens instructed Lyon's leadership students on infrastructure, economic development, compelling public interest and support,and the process of building a multimillion-dollar community center.
“It was very interesting to watch how leaders in our community interact and work together to accomplish such big projects like the recreational center,” said student ShaNae Snow, '19.
With Owens at the helm, the leadership students toured the brand-new Batesville Community Center and interacted with Owens and Elumbaugh for over an hour, discussing their own various experiences within the community.
Damon Akin, '17, stated that the number of amenities and the wide range of features the new community center offers will increase community activity and help serve as a hub for both economic and community growth within Batesville.
“As an individual interested in hospitality and parks and recreation, I really enjoyed hearing the minute details about the community center project,” he said.
“Recreation and municipal parks services are both crucial aspects of community that will help Batesville residents stay healthy and satisfied with their lives.”
Akin, who graduates from Lyon in May, hopes to become a director of parks himself in the future. After graduation, he will attend the University of Arkansas.
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