Park's new shade shelter honors memory of city employee

The 2016-17 Crossroads of Leadership class unveiled its community improvement project this week — a new shade shelter — at Heritage Park. Class members include, from left, Michael Gray, Curt Janke, Debbie Savage, Christa Beemer, Katrina Higby and Shantelle Means. Keith Fitzgerald, Brad Johnson and Matthew Nies were also in the class, but were not present for the celebration.

Several community members gathered this week to celebrate a new addition at Junction City’s Heritage Park.

The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016-17 Crossroads of Leadership class unveiled its class project — a new shade shelter at the park — and several class members spoke about the project. Christa Beemer said members took tours of different businesses, and brainstormed different ideas for a community improvement project, ultimately deciding the shade shelter was the best option.

“We all think it was an excellent project to have chosen,” Beemer said.

Katrina Higby spoke about the financial aspects of the project. She said class members worked to establish contract proposals for the project, which ultimately cost $13,000. RM Construction built the shelter.

Class members requested donations for the project, and Todd Godfrey supplied a significant portion of the cost. Godfrey was then asked if he had any recommendations for a name for the shelter. Class members agreed with his suggestion, which led to its name; the Kenny Langdon Memorial Shade Shelter.

“I felt it should be named for someone who did a lot for the community,” Godfrey said. “Kenny spent a lot of time down here, especially with Sundown Salute. He was a great guy.”

Langdon died in 2016. Mayor Pat Landes also spoke about Langdon, and noted he was a valuable part of the city’s public works staff.

“Junction City was his heart and soul,” Landes said. “What a tremendous way to honor him. It’s a great addition to our community and parks.”

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