Abel White completed a five-year assignment with the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Commission at the panel's Tuesday night meeting, receiving a plaque from the department in appreciation for his service.

Abel White completed a five-year assignment with the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Commission at the panel’s Tuesday night meeting, receiving a plaque from the department in appreciation for his service.

White said he had enjoyed his stint with the commission, and praised each of his fellow commissioners as “exceptional.” He also had kind words for the department’s employees, saying they do fine work and deserve to be recognized.

Commission chairwoman Kami Hunt thanked White for his efforts with the panel, and Parks and Recreation Director Angela Parker expressed appreciation for White’s leadership.

The gathering was also the final meeting for a five-member commission. Five new commissioners will be sworn in June 1 and join re-appointees Hunt, Christ Blunt, Carson Fields and Jeff Pulliam. Blunt and Fields were absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

During its business session, the commission unanimously approved renting the Coretta Scott King Center in Martin Luther King Jr. Park to the Interested Citizens for Voter Registration organization, headed by Jesse Turner. The facility had been utilized for some time by the Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas, which recently decided to end a rental agreement of $600 a month.

ICVR will pay the same amount. Turner said the facility will be used in providing elderly residents with computer training.

Commissioners also heard a request from Jeremy McKenzie, founder and director of Covenant Recovery Inc. of Pine Bluff, on clients of his firm possibly providing cleaning and light repair services in the city’s 19 parks in exchange for small financial considerations to the agency. Parks and Recreation Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Smith was advised to formulate a list of requirements and possible projects to which McKenzie can make an official proposal at a later time.