Community helps paint new PAL facility

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Police, firefighters and Sherwin Williams employees painted an accent wall in the Police Athletic League’s new facility Thursday with paint donated by Sherwin Williams.
“The whole facility is coming together very well, and we’re still looking to move in at the end of May or first of June,” said Sgt. Michael Russell, PAL’s director.
As a part of national paint week, Sherwin Williams District Manager Tim Jordan and 10 of his employees brought paint and helped paint the accent wall and match colors for the rest of the facility.
He said they will be donating between 300 and 400 buckets of paint over the duration of the facility’s renovation, valued close to $10,000.
“The Police Athletic League is a good organization so we’re happy to help out,” he said.
PAL is moving from its 8,500-square-foot warehouse on Robert E. Lee Drive into the new 17,000-square-foot former Salvation Army recreation facility behind the Link Centre.
“We are going to be able to expand our offerings, but mainly this will allow us to have multiple things going at a time, which is something we can’t do now,” Russell said. “And, it’s paramount being in a neighborhood. The great thing about Tupelo is we have a Boys and Girls Club north and a Boys and Girls Club south, and we’ve always tried to be centrally located, but we’re in an industrial area, and it didn’t make it feasible for neighborhood kids to plug in without a means of transportation.”
He said moving to the Douglas Street facility also will benefit the neighborhood by updating an abandoned building.
jb.clark@journalinc.com