Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp invites the public to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the dedication and opening of Fred Atkins Park, located at 906 South Main Street in downtown Hopkinsville. The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. This beautifully renovated pocket park was named in honor of the late seven-term City Council member Fred Atkins.
“We believe that this symbol of downtown progress makes a fitting tribute to Councilman Atkins for his legacy of public service and commitment to local development and growth,” said Mayor Kemp.
Beginning with the demolition of 906 South Main Street, the pocket park underwent a number of upgrades making the way for a mini downtown oasis equipped with benches, chess-top tables, and other amenities.
This project was funded through the Inner-City Residential Enterprise Zone Program, a program initiated in 2005 by Hopkinsville City Council whose goals are to create clean and safe neighborhoods and undertake housing stock revitalization, economic infrastructure (or downtown development) and economic opportunity (or job skills and training). Bell Engineering provided design and engineering services while East Construction, Lawntamers Unlimited and Clarksville Fencing provided demolition and construction services. The project was administered jointly by the City of Hopkinsville’s Public Works Department and Community and Development Services, with oversight by the Local Development Corporation. The city’s Grounds Maintenance Division assisted with installation of the amenities.
A native of Hopkinsville, Frederick Lee Atkins was born in 1946 to Adam and Kathryn Williams Atkins. Fred worked for thirty-three years as a senior bank teller at BB&T Bank and served as Ward 1 city councilman from 1999-2012. A member and Sunday school teacher at Virginia Street Baptist Church, he also served for more than 40 years as a deacon and assistant superintendent of the Young People’s Department.
Fred maintained memberships with Pioneers, Inc. and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was also past president and executive committee member for Focus 21st Century as well as a member of the Pennyroyal Area Museum Board, the Library Board, the Hopkinsville Eastside Neighborhood Association, the Attucks Association, and the Downtown Renaissance Advisory Board.