A local resident approached Duncan City Council and submitted an Adopt-a-Park application with the hope of donating a concrete pad and basketball goal for Olen Sledge Park earlier in June in honor of her late husband.

Edith Suiter donated more than $3,500 to the park for the purchase of the concrete work and goal system.

“Mrs. Suiter approached Council Member Patty Wininger about her wishes to make a donation of a basketball court for Olen Sledge Park,” said City Manager Kim Meek. “Patty spoke to the Parks Department about Mrs. Suiter’s wishes, and they agreed that a basketball court at Olen Sledge would be a great addition to the park.”

Suiter’s proposal was discussed by the City of Duncan Parks Board as part of the newly implemented Adopt-a-Park program for the City of Duncan, which gives the local community the opportunity to care for and beautify the community’s parks.

At Duncan City Council’s June 25 meeting, Meek brought the donation to the table for approval by the council, with Vice Mayor Patty Wininger “very happily” recommending the council approve the item.

Before Councilwoman Lindsay Hayes’ second, the only question remaining was raised by Councilman Mike Nelson, who asked about the specific location of the goal’s placement.

“You have a walkway that encompasses a good portion of the park on the westside of the creek there,” said Nate Schacht, director of community development. “The 20x20 pad and basketball goal will sit inside that loop … towards the south end, so that an errant shot won’t bounce out towards the street.”

The Adopt-a-Park program was implemented in early June, with a partnership between the Duncan Enhancement Trust Authority and the City of Duncan Parks Board. The resolution puts the opportunity to volunteer and donate funds to the upkeep and maintenance of Duncan’s parks in the community’s hands.