The Grand Opening of the Historic Spring will be this afternoon at 4:30 PM and the program will continue until 7 PM, and according to Hayley Herrera, Tourism Coordinator for the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Quanah Parker arrow has been returned to the Spring area.
If you’re planning on attending the event, it is recommended that you arrive early because parking is limited but the parking spots will be within walking distance.
According to Debbie Wegman, Community Services Director for Big Spring CVB, some of the speakers for this afternoon include Mayor Larry McLellan and Kelly Cook of KDC Associates will be the main speaker. She also went on to say that our local State Representatives Drew Darby and Kel Seliger will be at there to say a few words as well.
“It’s really a big deal!” said Wegman. “We’ve been working on this for 3 years, and construction for a year, and I’m so excited to let the community see what we’ve done. I think they’ll be really awed!”
When asked why this project was so important, Herrera said,“This isn’t some rinky-dink project where we planted a few plants to make it pretty,” she continued. “It’s beautiful and you can go out there and learn about the history of the area from the beginning to the present day. I think that’s what’s really important about this because this is our namesake.”
8 large (5 ft. x 10 ft.) story boards made of engraved corten metal with a limestone block background are displayed in the plaza area with the purpose of depicting the significant historical periods of Big Spring History. There is an area devoted to the Native American history of our area and a replica of a ranch dugout has also been added to represent the importance of our ranching heritage.
The focus of the project are educational components that will inform visitors about the significant history of the Spring, not only to the development of Big Spring, but to areas west of Big Spring.