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BOYDTON’S PLACE TO PLAY

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The Town of Boydton hosted an Easter Egg hunt Saturday with the dedication of the new John and Audrey Murdock Children’s Recreational Park on Hull Road.
SoVaNow.com / April 24, 2019
Boydton celebrated the opening of the John and Audrey Murdock Children’s Recreational Park on Saturday with more than 100 people and the Easter Bunny on hand for the ribbon cutting and ensuing egg hunt.

There was also a community cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs and snow cones.

Mayor Johnny Kirkland spoke to those in attendance about how proud he was of the town for coming together to make the park possible. He also thanked those that gave their time and service to make the park opening a success.

The ribbon cutting was conducted by Kirkland, John Murdock, Susanna Manton and Jackson and Jeb Medlin. Leigh Felton, Boydton United Methodist Church pastor, offered the prayer and blessing.

Funding for the park came from private donations, including monies from Historic Boydton Renaissance and John and Audrey Murdock. There was also a lemonade stand fund raiser last summer by local children Susanna Manton and Jackson and Jeb Medlin.

John Murdock spoke about why it was important for him and wife Audrey to help finance the park construction, and the honor they felt after learning the park was to be named for them. Murdock said while he and his wife never had any children of their own, they were happy to help create a place for children of the town to enjoy.

The playground equipment was originally used by students at Boydton Elementary School, now the site of the school division’s Central Office. The money to purchase the original equipment was raised by the PTA at Boydton Elementary.

When the school closed, the equipment, including swings, slides and bars, was donated to the town by the Mecklenburg County School Board. Smiley’s Construction moved the equipment to the new park.

Morris Locke made and donated picnic tables for the site in memory of his wife, Margaret Locke. David Goodwin planted the flowers from Wootton Brothers Greenhouse. The hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and water were donated by Touchstone Bank and First Citizens Bank.

The park is located on Hull Street across from Boydton Presbyterian Church and is open daily from 8 a.m.-dark.



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