New pavilion at Green Forest library honors late Wesley Martin

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Erick White did all the landscaping and gardening for the new outdoor pavilion at the Green Forest Library. The pavilion is named in honor of the late Wesley Martin, son of one of the librarians.
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The Green Forest Library has built an outdoor pavilion featuring Wi-Fi connection, solar lights, electrical outlets, tables and lots of plants around it. This pavilion is free for the public to use for parties or gatherings, or simply to sit and relax. It is named in honor of the late Wesley Martin, son of one of the librarians, Tammy.  

The community has came together to transform the area. Kirk Wolf, also known as That Off-Grid Guy, from Lowell installed the solar panels, and Harrison native Erick White has done all the landscaping and gardening.

The Green Forest Future Farmers of America created the sign on the front of the structure. Many community members have helped dig holes, level bricks and donate plants; in fact, the eastern flowerbed is almost entirely composed of donated plants and flowers.

“After the COVID-19 lockdown, the library stopped doing indoor activities, but we didn’t want to completely stop serving the public all together, we began planning this outdoor space so we could continue to do all the fun events that bring the community together,” said Tiffany Newton, director of the Green Forest Library. “Our goal was not only to create a place for programs, but also to create a park-like space to add value to Green Forest residents, and I think we’ve done that, as we’ve heard tons of compliments.”

The Green Forest Library is still open.

The library requests that patrons wear masks while in the building.

Activities are slowly resuming inside the library, but they have also been doing activities outside in the pavilion. If you haven’t been in the library in a while, come check it out today.

The pavilion is located on the corner of Olive Street and Scott Avenue, just behind the library.

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