Hensgens Park entrance completed

On Thursday, August 19, 2010 the entrance to Hensgens Park was completed with the Ray Hensgens family in attendance. This marks the culmination of a vision that began in 1992 and resulted in a 1998 donation of 6.41 acres and a long-term lease of 3.14 acres to the City of Crowley for the purpose of expanding and improving the city’s recreation center facilities. Four generations of the Hensgens family were present to mark the event along with Crowley’s Mayor Greg Jones, the entrance builder Mr. Clayton Dailey and Mr. Kyle Lebeouf, representing the The Crowley Kiwanis Club who funded the entrance sign project.

The family is very grateful to the city and all those who have contributed to the development of the property and the improvements to the recreation center. They also recognize all the parents and children who have for generations watched, played, coached and worked to make Crowley’s recreation center one of the best in the area.

Ray Hensgens was one of the many baseball players who came to town to play for the “Crowley Millers,” a semi-pro baseball team sponsored by the various rice mills then located in Crowley on “Mill Street.” After his retirement from pro baseball, he began his career in the rice business working in the warehouse of a local mill, then working his way to become the “rice buyer” for Doré Rice Mill for 27 years. Along the way, he started Ray’s Seed & Fertilizer in 1964 with his wife, Kitty, managing the books and the kids. In 1968 the company was changed to G & H Seed Company and in 1979 the family formed Hensgens Grain Elevator, who then purchased the facility which included the MFC mill and rice dryer and property which included the future recreation center expansion.

Each of the four generations of the Hensgens family have enjoyed the experience of watching, playing, coaching and supporting the local youth at the recreation center. Each year the hundreds of children, parents, grandparents and visitors enjoying the facilities brings a smile to the face of Ray Hensgens as he pull away from his office across the street - - For he knows how much a child can gain from a positive experience at the “Ball Park”!

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