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Haughton building first town park, student helps raise funds

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Alexander Montegna raised and donated money to the Town of Haughton for a new park. Alexander Montegna raised and donated money to the Town of Haughton for a new park.
Location of newly planned park on North Hazel street in Haughton Location of newly planned park on North Hazel street in Haughton
HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -

The Town of Haughton is getting ready to have its own place to play.

The Bossier Parish town currently doesn't have its own park, but six acres of land has been recently acquired for a community green space, which will be named Joe Delaney Memorial Park, after a Haughton hero.

Mayor Carlton Anderson said development of the land is just in the beginning stages. A local teen is helping get the project off the ground by raising money to kick start the work.

"After high school I'm going away to college, might as well do something to leave something behind," said Alexander Montegna, 19, who held a benefit concert as part of his senior project to build the  park. 

"I sold tickets for the event and the money went to the Joe Delaney Park," said Montegna.

The park will honor the memory of Joe Delaney, a Haughton High School grad who went on to play football in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs during the 1980s.
     
He died in 1983 while trying to save three kids from drowning while visiting a park in Monroe. Years ago, the town built a park to honor the athlete, but town leaders said it was too small and sold it to the school board. Alexander hopes the new park will be different.

"It needs to be a place that can be there with a long expiration date and not just another wasted space," he said.

The park will be built across the street from a subdivision on North Hazel Street. Three acres were donated by local builder Sam Pullig and the other three acres were purchased by the town.

"We've been working on it continually, we see the light now it's fixing to happen," said Anderson, who said he is impressed with Montegna's efforts. "He really turned some dollars for us and it was really a great thing to do."
 
Montegna delivered the $800 he raised from the benefit concert to Anderson at an April 7 town hall meeting.

Anderson said plans for the park are in the process of being finalized.

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