Padgett Park Honors Walton County's Fallen Soldiers

November 18, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Padgett Park is named after Timothy Padgett, a decorated Special Forces medical sergeant from Walton County who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2007 when his unit came under attack.

Padgett's mother, Glenda Penton, says the park is everything she dreamed of and is glad to know it will carry on the memory of her son. "I hope it will continue Tim’s legacy and to know that there's been some supreme sacrifice as well."

The Padgett Park project is meant to memorialize the fallen in Walton County and Timothy Padgett puts a face to the remembrance and dedication of that. Before the expected completion of the park in 2014, there will be a walking path that will eventually connect to the Greenway Trail system.

Padgett Park is tucked away on 17 acres off J.D. Miller Road behind South Walton High School. It has a multi-use facility, complete with a kitchenette, which can be used for meetings or set up as a classroom environment. The park also features two pavilions with picnic tables and grills, an asphalt multi-use trail, a handicap accessible playground with soft surface, a splash pad and multi-use recreation field that can accommodate soccer and football.

Pack a picnic, grab your kids and enjoy a visit to Padgett Park. The kids will have a blast and you can relax and take joy in the memories you’ll be making with them.

All of the outdoor facilities at Padgett Park are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information and to reserve the recreation center, contact the District 5 County Commissioner’s office at 850-231-2978.


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