For some of you who perhaps haven't been through Fort Payne in a while, you might be interested to hear of the renovations of Union Park downtown. I believe that much of the improvements have been spearheaded by the Alabama band. There are new sidewalks, landscaping, picnic tables, a nice pavilion, new playground equipment, and a beautiful fountain. There is also a "memorial" for a lack of better terms to honor the Alabama boys. The statues are interesting....some are rather lifelike and others not-so-lifelike. The statue of Randy Owen, although my favorite member of the band, looks more like Mr. Miagi from Karate Kid the movie than of the legendary country music artist.