Residents of Bowling Green’s Town and Country Mobile Home Park are resting easy since Friday afternoon. The mobile home park, owned by Brad Sparks, made waves last week as the first neighborhood in the city to install a storm shelter for its tenants.
After a tornado touched down in Bowling Green in 2011, Sparks and park manager Diane Brekke had the sudden realization their residents have very few ways of escaping a storm.
“It’s just a safer feeling,” said Brekke.
The mobile home neighborhood’s manager explained she and another woman had gone to a couple of the larger businesses on the south end of town during storms, and that each the store’s officials had made customers evacuate their buildings.
“That was the main thing,” Sparks explained, “nowhere here in town can they go if there’s a storm.”
The safety and happiness of his tenants is a top priority for Sparks. Brekke said it’s his kind and caring nature that prompted the discussion of installing a storm shelter in the neighborhood.