Bastrop native opens new community park, wants to spread positivity among community

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After an overnight shooting in Bastrop, residents voiced their concern and pride for their city. One woman decided to turn an abandoned lot into a community garden– giving every resident the chance to enjoy all Bastrop has to offer.

Donnie Goleman has spent his entire life in Bastrop. But now he says he’s worried about his city and the people in it.

“They’re getting worse everyday. It’s just terrible it’s in the papers on the news it’s everywhere”, says Goleman.

He says when the sun goes down–that’s his cue to make it home.

“[I’m] scared to get out I set up here and sell watermelon but it get close to dark I’m going home”, says Goleman.

Despite the most recent shooting, possibly targeted at a Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s deputy, some residents say they aren’t going to let the negative outweigh the positive starting with a brand new community garden.

“It will be just a community park something for the whole community to enjoy”, says Rhonda Stephenson. She’s dedicating the space to her grandparents and great aunt and uncle. It’s located on Main Street, right across from the post office, and paid for completely on her own.

“We’ve been saving for it a long time and finally decided it was time to do it”, says Stephenson.

She says this space was her way to give back to the community she loves so much. She hopes it will be a haven of peace for everyone in town.

“We have our problems just like everybody else. Bastrop needs positive things just like every other small town”, says Stephenson.

She says this park is sending everyone a strong message about Bastrop.

“Bastrop [is] still alive and going. We’re here we all need to enjoy our community”, says Stephenson.

Stephenson says the park should be finished in about three weeks.

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