Landmark Park announces new Executive Director
The Dothan Landmarks Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of the new Landmark Park Executive Director, Laura Stakelum. Stakelum’s hiring was confirmed Monday, June 24, at the Board of Directors monthly meeting after a nationwide candidate search. The park is excited to have Stakelum lead the park and continue to collect, preserve and interpret the cultural and natural heritage of Dothan and the Wiregrass region.
Stakelum is a Dothan native and has served as the park’s public relations director for 10 years and interim director for the past six months. A cum laude graduate of the University of South Alabama, Stakelum looks forward to advancing the park though service to the community and positioning Landmark Park as a leader in historic preservation, environmental stewardship, agricultural appreciation and educational opportunities.
Landmark Park is a 135-acre natural science and history museum located on the outskirts of Dothan. Regular park hours are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for kids and free for park members and children 2 and under. Admission is higher for some special events. Become a member and receive free admission for a full year. Features of the park include nature trails, a planetarium, playground, picnic areas, an elevated boardwalk, a turn-of-the-century farmstead with farm animals and crops typical of the 1890s. In addition, the park includes the Martin Drugstore and Soda Fountain (Drugstore hours are Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon. and Tues.), one-room school, and historic church, all preserved from the surrounding area. Several areas of the park are available for rent for your special occasion. The park is located on U.S. Hwy 431 North, three miles north of Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle. For more info and to become a member, call 334-794-3452 or visit www.landmarkparkdothan.com.