After 34 years, Borders is still playing at the park

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By Jimmie Earls

Paul Borders isn't very different than most kids from Washington County. After more than 34 years, he continues to have fun at Idle Hour Park in Springfield.

When it first opened to the public in 1975, Borders was a member of the board of directors for Springfield's Idle Hour Park. Fast forward to 34 years later, and Borders is still active with the park, not only as a member of the board, but also visiting with county residents who come to the park for a day of fun and recreation. It's still something that he enjoys, and he admits that he loves to see the kids have a place where they can just be kids.

“He's a people person,” said Borders' wife of 48 years, Mary Ethel.

“It's a nice little park, although we've outgrown ourselves,” said Borders. “There's been some talk about adding a pool, but with the way the economy is, I just don't see how we can afford it. If we can't get it, I'd like to see us get a splash pad. It would be a lot cheaper and less of a liability issue.”

Borders is a Washington County native, having been born in the East Texas area and graduating from Springfield High School in 1959. Following graduation, he found work at the Nally and Gibson quarry.

“I went to work at the quarry in 1962, and in 1973, I took over the quarry and stayed there until I retired in 2006. When we sold out to Nally and Haydon, I stayed about another year.”

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