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Destroyed Simon Park awning on city's radar

Posted: December 27, 2013 - 12:49pm

The awning over Kris Allen Stage at Simon Park has seen better days. 

The fabric has been in disrepair for about a month, and Chief of Staff Jack Bell said a wind storm ripped one section out on the west side.

As the awning has gotten loose around the roof of the stage, it has become easier to tear as the wind blows, Bell said. 

"We've replaced it a few times. They do have a lifespan," he said. 

Bell said the city can expect an insurance appraiser to take a look at the awning next week. Like most city property, the Kris Allen Stage is insured through the Municipal League’s vehicle and property program, a private line of insurance available to Arkansas towns and cities.

Linda Montgomery, assistant director of the vehicle and property program, said that if the loss resulted from a weather event “it will be covered,” with the city paying a $5,000 deductible.

The awning that is damaged was purchased four to five years ago, Bell said, at a price around $16,000.

Bell said since the columns have been repainted on the stage the city will likely go with another color to match updates on the stage and city hall. 

The stage and awning superstructure was build in the 1980s, and was renamed in 2009 in recognition of Conway resident Kris Allen’s success in the “American Idol” TV music game show. Allen finished first in the nationwide singing contest.

Staff writers Courtney Spradlin and Joe Lamb contributed to this report.

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braydin 12/27/13 - 01:45 pm

Now that christmas is over, I

Now that christmas is over, I can think of a new $130,000 covering that should be available now. Take off the pine needles and throw a tarp over it!

ARBEAR 12/27/13 - 01:46 pm

The city council should have

The city council should have not wasted $130,000 on a half lit holiday tree, and instead used that money to spruce up Simon Park.

thejoker 12/27/13 - 06:26 pm


"Almost all capital purchases are cut from next year’s budget — meaning everything from fax machines to fire trucks."

So where is the $5,000 to cover the deductible going to come from when city offices can't even get a fax machine?

Didn't we have a vote for a tax increase so we wouldn't have times like this?

rathjen 12/28/13 - 12:02 am


Instead of paying the 5K deductible, spend the same money and put a metal roof on it. It will last a lot longer.

My 2 cents.


ARBEAR 12/28/13 - 07:46 pm

Yeah, and while you're at it,

Yeah, and while you're at it, erect a metal tree on top of the metal roof. Then put lights on the metal tree, and you have a much cheaper fake Christmas tree. Then, you can send the defective 130k tree back to the manufacturer.

Happy Trails
Happy Trails 12/29/13 - 01:39 pm

Shoddy Work

Temporarily, strip the awning down to the cool looking structure. Of course that would expose the shoddy, lick and a promise paint job. How much did we pay for that lousy painter? Or perhaps the question should be who on the city staff approved and inspected the contractor's work? Hopefully the fix-it job will include a proper paint job this time.

Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey 12/30/13 - 08:37 am


Glad that the awning for the Chris Allen Stage at Simon Park is "on the city's radar".

Hoping the completion of the latest Prince Street project is on their radar, too.

The number one project I would like to see on the City's radar an iron-clad committment to stay within the budget. A moratorium on ANY new projects would be nice, too.

It appears that local tax payer's are being saddled with the looming commitments that are coming out of City Hall, Little Rock, and beyond.

Like the story of the man who bought a mule. Upon reading the instructions for care and feeding, he decided the mule's rations were too generous, so he decided to cut them by one half every day. After 30 days the mule died. The new owner lamented that if only the mule hadn't died, he would have had him living on nothing soon.

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