Abby Wooley Park was rededicated in a community service on May 8th. On hand were city officials, county officials, community members, and living members of the Wooley family.
Council member Sophie Martin, city representative for Ward 1 which encompasses Abby Wooley Park, planned the ceremony with an eye to honoring the past while looking towards a bright future. Wooley was a community leader in the Simsville area who donated the land for the park, which was originally dedicated in 1972.
“I am so pleased to have this park open for the children of our community,” shared Martin.
The newly updated park includes a new playground, reserved basketball court, brand-new restrooms, a walking track, and a pavilion with picnic tables.
Joseph Lewis, grandson of Abby Wooley, was on hand to cut the ribbon and share a few thoughts on his grandmother.
“Our community needed a safe place for our children to play. We needed a park, and we needed the land. So, my grandmother had some land, which she donated,” he recalled.
He concluded his remarks with gratitude: “To God be the glory. For the City of Alabaster for building this park. The city did its part, and my grandmother, she did hers.”