A decades-long project finally complete with the grand opening of the Joe Delaney Park in Haughton.
Delaney played for Haughton High School before joining the NFL to play for the Kansas City Chiefs.
He died in a tragic accident at age 24 when he tried to save three children from drowning at a pond in Monroe.
Officials say he always wanted to build a park in his hometown.
“Joe gave the ultimate sacrifice risking his life to save the life of three young boys during the summer of 1983. He will forever be remembered as a hero and spirit will live on throughout the Chiefs kingdom.”, explains Marth McGee, a member of the Haughton park committee.
Community donations contributed to the project. More features like playground areas will be added in the future.