CS Dedicates Park to A&M Prof

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Out on Holleman Drive West just across Wellborn Road is an area where mostly college students live, and now they'll have 16 acres of park to enjoy named after a prominent Texas A&M professor.

John Crompton Park was dedicated Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony at the pavilion near the entrance to the grounds. The city of College Station has been acquiring this land over the last 24 years.

Wednesday's unveiling is Phase 1 of a two-phase plan, and includes a large pond, group pavilion, walking trails, a picnic area and basketball courts. That phase came in at $550,000.

Another quarter million dollars is the price tag on Phase 2, which will wrap up next year, and includes fishing, more walking trails, and a course for the increasingly-popular disc golf.

The namesake of the park is John Crompton, a Texas A&M professor for more than three decades. He is bestowed this honor for, appropriately, his work in the leisure and tourism field, for which he is touted as the world's most published researcher.

In addition to his work at the big school, he's served for a number of years on the College Station Parks and Rec Board, of which he is now a member emeritus.

Crompton was born and raised in England, and regularly makes trips back to his home near Liverpool. When he came to Aggieland in the 1970s, he never thought anything like this would ever happen to him.

"It was a cultural shock to come to College Station," Crompton said, "but it's been a wonderful community to raise my children, and it's been a wonderful community to grow up in, and it's been wonderful for me to be able to be so involved in the community. It's just been a privilege."

John Crompton Park now becomes the 27th neighborhood park in the city of College Station, and weighs in as the third biggest neighborhood park in the city.