3-25-21 Dedication of David F. Watkins Memorial Park
The City of Hot Springs held a dedication ceremony for David
F. Watkins Memorial Park on Thursday, March 25, at 811
Park Avenue.

David F. Watkins Memorial Park
is the City's first park with an all inclusive playground, and it has an
ADA bridge and sidewalks. There
is a performance stage and amphitheater. The amphitheater also serves as a stormwater retention basin to help alleviate
possible flooding downtown in heavy rainfall events. The park has restroom facilities, bike racks and a water fountain. The park hosts more than 20 trees, including five fruit trees and a memorial tree.

This park project was the vision of our late city manager, David F. Watkins. He hoped to provide a beautiful park where
a blighted property had been. Watkins served as city manager from 2012 until his passing on Aug. 17, 2015. He brought to Hot Springs nearly 30 years of experience in leading city government operations, having served in Ottawa, Kansas; Lenexa, Kansas; Auburn, Alabama; and Bryan, Texas. He was described as a "truly a great leader, he loved public service and he was a renaissance man."
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