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Groundbreaking Held for Wayland Holyfield Place

Eric Tyler

Ground was broken Monday morning on the lot at the corner of Moose and Commerce Streets in downtown Morrilton to mark the start of construction of Wayland Holyfield Place. The multi-use outdoor facility is a significant development project for the downtown area, according to Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer... "That is the job, I feel, of the city and myself is to find projects to keep this town going and keep the downtown going," the mayor said. "We want to thank the CCEDC for buying this piece of property and making this all possible. In a couple of weeks we'll be announcing another project at the corner of Broadway and Division Street and that will be six properties that will be cleaned up this year in downtown Morrilton. If you look at all the progress we've made, all the buildings that are in the future of getting revitalized, in another 15 years you won't recognize downtown Morrilton..."

Wayland Holyfield Place is named in honor of the Hall of Fame country music songwriter who grew up in the Mallettown community of Conway County. Holyfield is the writer of over 40 Top Ten hits and has 14 #1 hits to his credit. In Arkansas, Holyfield is most famous for his song "Arkansas, You Run Deep in Me," which was written for the 1986 Arkansas Sesquicentennial celebration. It was named one of Arkansas' official state songs in 1987...

The idea for Wayland Holyfield Place was developed a few years ago and fundraising efforts were just getting started when the pandemic hit. With phase one of the construction process now underway, officials hope to have the project finished in time for the location to serve as a hub of activity for the Solar Eclipse on April 8th, 2024, and they expect it to serve as an entertainment venue and an attraction that draws tourists to Morrilton for years to come... Copyright 2022 East Arkansas Broadcasters, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



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