Remembering Joe Delaney

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Joe Delaney’s wife Carolyn Delaney inspects the memorial sign in front of Joe Delaney Memorial Park this past weekend.

Long awaited park opens

Amanda Simmons
amanda@bossierpress.com

The sun shined bright over Haughton Saturday, Oct. 29, for the dedication and grand opening of Joe Delaney Memorial Park.

A large crowd of family, friends, town dignitaries and gathered to honor and remember the hometown hero and sports legend. Joe Delaney died June 29, 1983 while trying to save three children from drowning in a pond near Monroe. He couldn’t swim, but it didn’t stop him from trying. Only one person survived the water that day.

Before his death, his goal was to build a park for the children of his community. Carolyn Delaney, Joe’s wife, told the large crowd that she knew Joe was smiling down on them.

“I just know he’s got the biggest smile on his face because he loved kids and I know that he knows we have a place for the kids to come run, play and enjoy themselves,” she said.

The next phase of construction at the park will include a splash pad, walking trail and pavilions. Those projects should be completed and ready by summer 2017.