Tiger Stadium walkway being paved

Published 1:32 pm Friday, September 9, 2011

Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver and City Council members Greg DeJarnett, Jeff Price and Bobby Easterling inspect work being done to pave a walkway at Chilton County High School's Tiger Stadium. DeJarnett is also principal at CCHS.

Work has begun to improve what some Clanton leaders consider a “centerpiece” of the city.

The city council approved paving a walkway around Chilton County High School’s Tiger Stadium, and the project began Friday.

The walkway from the home side of the stadium to the visitors’ side of the stadium is being paved with asphalt.

“As a principal, you take pride in your school and your community,” said CCHS Principal Greg DeJarnett, who is also a council member and school graduate. “It’s a privilege to be able to come back home and have a small part to play in making things better.”

DeJarnett called the stadium a centerpiece of the city, and said its appearance is important in attracting new businesses and residents.

“A good school certainly plays a part in that,” he said. “There’s not a better way to showcase your city than when people are coming in from out of town to a big event, like a football game. I want to thank the mayor and other council members for working with me on this.”

The council approved spending $50,000 on the project, which awarded to the lowest bidder.

Mayor Billy Joe Driver said it would take an estimated 350 tons of asphalt to pave the walkway.

Tiger Stadium, which hosts football and soccer games as well as physical education classes, was built in the 1960s.

“I still think this is one of the nicest stadiums there is,” City Councilman Bobby Easterling said. “This asphalt is going to be an asset.”

The project should be completed before the Tigers’ next home game, on Sept. 16 when Greenville visits.