CABOT — John Crow’s first day as Cabot’s new Parks and Recreation director was April 9. Since then, he’s taken over projects and come up with some ideas of his own for the community.
Before he was at Cabot, he was the North Little Rock Parks and Recreation maintenance supervisor for 10 years.
Though he’s relatively new in the Cabot Parks and Recreation position, Crow isn’t a stranger to the community.
“I’ve lived in Cabot for eight years,” he said.
When Crow landed the job in Cabot, he said, an extension of an existing sales tax was passed by voters in the community to help fund various projects in the city.
“The [extension] gave us $20,000,000 to fund projects,” Crow said.
The money from the tax is assisting in building a nine-field baseball/softball complex and an outdoor aquatic facility for the city of Cabot.
Before his North Little Rock job, Crow said, he had parks and recreation jobs in Monticello and Berryville, where he oversaw the construction of parks and other facilities.
“I helped build a sports complex in Monticello. Overseeing construction is something I like doing,” Crow said.
In addition to the new baseball/softball complex and outdoor aquatic facility in Cabot, Crow said, he is overseeing the repair and renovation of the city’s community center.
Crow said the city of Cabot has grown immensely in the last 10 years.
“The population has gone from 10,000 to 25,000,” Crow said. “Right now, we are in a bit of a plateau in growth.”
Crow said new projects and programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department can create a draw for potential residents.
“The Parks and Recreation Department shows commitment to the community,” he said. “We take into account the needs of the community.”
The projects already in place have Crow excited about other potential projects and ideas he has for Cabot.
“I would like to beef up the skate park and add concrete elements to it,” he said.
Crow said the people of Cabot show respect for the facilities and parks that the department has built over the years.
“I’ve been really surprised at how much the community takes care of the facilities,” Crow said.”I’m proud of Cabot for that. The facilities last longer if people take care of them.”
In his four-plus months on the job, Crow has seen progress and potential in the city.
“I’m excited about the future of Cabot Parks and Recreation,” he said.
Staff writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at (501) 244-4307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.