Lockesburg Gymnasium restoration receives award

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Updated: February 2, 2018

Courtesy of Emily Newlin

UA Cossatot representatives accepting the award are (from left): UA Cossatot Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade, UAC Ashdown Campus Director Barry Reed, UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole, and Preserve Arkansas President Bobby Braly.

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The University of Arkansas Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium is the 2017 Preserve Arkansas Excellence in Preservation through Restoration Honorable Mention award recipient.

At the Arkansas Preservation Awards ceremony held January 19, 2018, in Little Rock, UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade, and Ashdown Campus Director Barry Reed accepted the award on behalf of UA Cossatot.

Preserve Arkansas is the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to building stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. By presenting educational programs, advocating for preservation at the federal, state, and local levels, and assisting historic property owners with the means and expertise to preserve and restore their structures, Preserve Arkansas has been a statewide voice for preservation in Arkansas for 37 years.

The UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium restoration took almost two years to complete with the help of donations from the Bank of Lockesburg, Lockesburg Lions Club, Lockesburg High School Alumni Association, and Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, and labor provided by UA Cossatot’s facility staff.

In April 2018, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Board will review the gymnasium’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

The facility will host UA Cossatot’s new club basketball team, coming fall 2018. The facility is made up of the gymnasium, a classroom, and a conference room. All are available for rent for a fee. Friends of the college are able to use the facility free of charge. Rental information is listed at www.cccua.edu/gym