Guthrie dedicated its pocket park in memory of a longtime community leader Saturday afternoon and agencies and families partnered at the Pennyrile Apartments in Guthrie to host a cookout for local children.
Guthrie Police Sgt. Dean Blumel estimated that 25 to 30 boys and girls attended the community oriented cookout that was a partnership between the Guthrie Housing Authority, police department and parents of the youth. It featured face painting, a water balloon fight and plenty of food.
Meanwhile, Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall cut the ribbon for Longhurst Park, which will honor the memory of William “Bill” Longhurst, who passed away earlier this year.
This afternoon we gathered as a community to honor the late Bill Longhurst… most of us knew him as “Mr. Bill” or “Mr. Guthrie”, but we all knew him as our dear friend. In honor of our friend, who selflessly dedicated his life to serve his community, we have named our new pocket park “Longhurst Park”. Mr. Bill’s storefront looks on to a community gathering place honored with his name that will live on in our hearts and small town forever.
Posted by Guthrie MainStreet on Saturday, June 2, 2018
Longhurst was the owner and operator of Longhurst General Store and was involved in the city’s development and growth over several decades.