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'Home Town' stars help cleanup, redesign Laurel park

The rain didn't stop the fun in downtown Laurel Tuesday as a local park was transformed into the Trustmark Art Park with Ben and Erin Napier, from HGTV's "Home Town." (Photo source: WDAM) The rain didn't stop the fun in downtown Laurel Tuesday as a local park was transformed into the Trustmark Art Park with Ben and Erin Napier, from HGTV's "Home Town." (Photo source: WDAM)
The rain didn't stop the fun in downtown Laurel Tuesday as a local park was transformed into the Trustmark Art Park with Ben and Erin Napier, from HGTV's "Home Town." (Photo source: Home Town Facebook) The rain didn't stop the fun in downtown Laurel Tuesday as a local park was transformed into the Trustmark Art Park with Ben and Erin Napier, from HGTV's "Home Town." (Photo source: Home Town Facebook)

The rain didn't stop the fun in downtown Laurel Tuesday as a local park was transformed into the Trustmark Art Park with Ben and Erin Napier, from HGTV's "Home Town."

"Trustmark Park has kind of been a forgotten park or not really utilized," Ben said

"It's been really under utilized and it was just kind of a forgettable little spot in downtown," Erin said. 

An initiative to clean-up parks across the nation has infused parks with life and creativity. A beloved baby brand celebrated the launch of Riva Stroller, the first stroller made in the U.S. by recycled materials with community park clean up events across the country.

The first event showcased in downtown Laurel with the renovation of Trustmark Park. It's also the setting for HGTV's hit show, 'Home Town.' 

"It's so exciting to see it coming back to life in such a big way. Kids are so excited about this park, and it's because Safety 1st came in and invested in our town," Erin said. 

Safety 1st teamed up with the stars of the show to redesign the park. From tree swings and life size coloring walls to a happy place for children. The pouring rain didn't stop crews from completing finishing touches. Don Bryce, vice president of marketing for Safety 1st's parent company, said he hopes this park will create memories for a lifetime.

"It's going to be a lot of fun and a lasting memory for everyone who lives here," Bryce said. "We think investing in small towns in America is a great journey for us to be on."

"I hope that all the little kids who have grown up coming to downtown in the last few years, they are never going to remember it the way it used to be," Erin said. "They are only going to remember this magical place that it has become."

You can enjoy the park on Magnolia Street in the heart of downtown Laurel. 

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