Hill’s Hardware helps take edge off DPA grounds

Hill’s Hardware helps take edge off DPA grounds

The Hills are a little “edgy” about Discovery Park of America. So much so that they want to provide equipment to carry out that very task, along with Stihl™ trimmers, chain saws, tillers and similar equipment. Deby and Bobby Hill are the owners of Hill’s Hardware and Sporting Goods, located at 1234 South Second St. The couple have been excited about the DPA projects since they first learned of it a few years ago and have always hoped they would be able to contribute in some way. (See related photo, Page 2.) The time has come and their wish has come true, Hill says. They recently signed an agreement to provide the equipment that will help keep the three unique garden areas — Japanese, European and American — in tiptop shape, along with many other areas where visitors will be taking in the sites at the complex. DPA is scheduled to open in the fall. “Discovery Park will be great for the people of this area,” Hill says. “I can’t wait for it to open so that people can enjoy all that it will offer. I’m amazed at what I see, driving by on Everett Boulevard, and what I read about the exhibits that will be available. It’s extraordinary to have something of this magnitude in Union City and I’m delighted that we are able to help by providing Stihl equipment to help maintain the grounds.” John Watkins, who was hired as director of grounds at DPA earlier this year, said he welcomes the arrangement with Hill’s Hardware and Sporting Goods. “Jim Rippy, the CEO of Discovery Park of America, has said he wants the grounds to look like Augusta National Golf Club when it’s prepared for The Masters Golf Tournament,” he said. “I don’t know if we accomplish Jim’s vision, since we don’t have the resources of the Augusta Golf Club, but we’ll do our best and that means we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ll certainly need topnotch equipment to accomplish this goal, and my experience in landscaping and maintaining gardens is that Stihl is the best. “We are grateful to Hill’s Hardware for helping us.”

Published in The Messenger 5.28.13

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