Bastrop has been home to Floyd, Joyce, and Rhonda Stephenson, owners of ETC Catering, for many years, and to show their love for the city as well as give back to the community they have created on their property a community garden called Stephenson Park.
They built the park on an old lot they had and wanted to put to good use. The park has been a while in the making, and they felt now was the time to build it.
“We've owned the property for a long time now and wanted to do something with it,” said Rhonda Stephenson. “We've been wanting to do it and saving up for it a long time.”
The park, located beside their catering business, includes a spacious area surrounded by beds of flowers and plants enclosed in concrete planters painted a brick red. At the center surrounded by a concrete enclosed bed of pink flowers is a charming fountain. Steven Still did the landscaping, while the flowers and plants used came locally from C&K Nursery.
The park is not only a community project but a memorial to Rhonda's grandparents and great aunt and uncle. Rhonda hopes it will be a nice, serene place for locals to visit. She wants it to be a positive addition to the community.
“We thought it would be something the whole community could enjoy,” she said. “It gives the community a nice place to go and visit.”
She believes it will have multiple uses and can be a place for visitors to enjoy as well.
“It will probably be a good place to have pictures made,” she said.
The park has about three weeks of work left, but people are already enjoying it and praising the Stephensons for their hard work.
The Stephensons are very pleased with the park, and hope it will be a positive addition to the city that people can share and delight in.