Volunteer painters roll back hands of time

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Man painting apple green color on old building
NRG volunteers are almost done applying a new coat of paint to the Open Pavilion that was originally the Civilian Conservation Corps-built bath house at Fort Parker State Park. The green paint is a match of the original color of the building.

Volunteers from NRG Energy’s Limestone Electric Generating Station put in some work at Fort Parker State Park May 14 as their Global Giving Day volunteer project.
Global Giving day is a worldwide day when people give back to help their communities.
Eight volunteers showed up to help paint the Open Pavilion at Fort Parker State Park, work park staff had been unable to complete.
The Open Pavilion was originally the Bathhouse, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to the park’s opening in 1941.
Earlier this spring a paint conservationist came to the park and took paint chips for analysis. Her analysis found the park’s Activity Center and Bathhouse had originally been a particular shade of light green.
Park staff washed, scraped and replaced boards on the building, then purchased paint to match the original color, now called “Dancing Green.” Early on May 14, the NRG volunteers showed, painting the Open Pavilion with its original color.
Since the Open Pavilion is a historic structure, much of the work had to be done with a brush, and took most of the day.
When they finished painting, the group trimmed back brush on the Springfield Trail - a trail that is almost 2 miles long, passing the Springfield Cemetery and the Navasota River Dam. The work proved hot, but the entire trail was trimmed back, making it much more enjoyable for hikers.