‘Hammock Hotel’ nears completion at Wilson Park

A crew with the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department works Friday to remove dirt taken from holes used to hold seven posts at the new “Hammock Hotel” at the northwest corner of Wilson Park in Fayetteville.

Who’s ready to book a hook at the Hammock Hotel?

Members of Girl Scout Troop 5114 this week began work on their planned project to install seven posts designed to hold a dozen hammocks at the northwest corner of Wilson Park in Fayetteville.

The posts are arranged 14 feet apart in the shape of a hexagon, with one post in the middle. Each post will have hooks that people can use to hang their hammocks. The shape and placement of the hooks will allow for up to 12 hammocks.

Girl Scouts (from left) April Stanley, 11, Abby Lawson, 11, and Karen Smith, 11, help place the center pole Wednesday at the Hammock Hotel.

Photo: Kristina Smith

The Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last month signed off on the proposal, clearing the way for the service project, which is a requirement for four local girls looking to earn their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.

Karen Smith, April Stanley, Abby Lawson, and Jayla Purifoy came up with the idea after noticing how many Fayetteville residents use hammocks in the city’s parks.

Kristina Smith, Troop 5114 Leader, said the girls helped install the posts on Wednesday after a crew with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department dug the holes. Smith said the girls will measure and mark the poles for hooks on Friday afternoon.

A grand opening celebration party is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Refreshments and door prizes will be available for those in attendance.