Destin Forward finishing 'Buck' Destin renovations

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Irina Roberts sands down playground equipment before painting it Wednesday at the Dewey “Buck” Destin Park. [ABRAHAM GALVAN/ THE LOG]

The Destin Forward Class was hard at work on Wednesday putting some of the finishing touches on renovating the Dewey “Buck” Destin Park.

The class pressure washed, sanded and painted areas of the park this week. The renovation of the park were one of the major projects the class has focused on to make the community a better place to live in. The group is formed annually by the Destin Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues the city faces and to learn more about the city’s leadership needs.

“It’s a very used park by children in the community,” said Jessica Johnsey, who is one of the 19 class members. “The renovated park will encourage kids to go out and be active.”

Destin Forward is the chamber’s annual community education and leadership program. Participants learn from experts in different fields, including the environment, boat safety, tourism promotion and government affairs during the nine-month program. The class raised about $5,700 through a fundraiser at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill and donations from Destin Commons’ Coins for a Cause program for the materials used to complete the renovation.

“We are adding swings that can be used by children with disabilities… We are making the park more accessible for every child to enjoy,” Johnsey said.

Destin Chamber President Shane Moody said the project is expected to be completed by the end of May. While much of the renovations have been completed, the class plans to install the new swings and a new slide soon, as well as put up new signage at the park.

“The Destin Forward Class has done a tremendous job on this project,” Moody said.

Class member Sheri Beathea, who is also the administrative assistant for the Parks and Recreation Department, said it’s important to make the park valuable for the surrounding community.

“The community always needs a safe play area where kids can have fun,” she said. “The city really appreciates the Destin Forward Class for helping in this project.”