One of the casualties of the straight line winds that swept through Waxahachie last month was the concession-restroom building at the historic Optimist Park on Patrick Street.

The “overhang” that shaded customers that patronized the concession stand was destroyed by the storm, and caught the attention of Travis Hengst and his brother Winston Adams, representatives of the Abide By All Contracting Inc. They, along with a crew of six workers, swung into action at about noon Friday, May 20, donating decking roofing materials and labor. The crew was slated to have the job completed in about three or four hours.

“My brother played baseball here for years and he just decided that this would be a good way to give back to the community,” Adams said.

John Brown, a 1999 WHS graduate, who also works for Abide By All Contracting, agreed.

“Not only did I play out here when I was young, I have also been coaching a team out here,” Brown said. “Bryan Johnson, who has built this park back, sometimes has trouble getting materials and labor to do repairs and so we wanted to do what we could.”

Adams said his brother has been in the contracting business for 10 years while Adams has been in the trade for the past six years.

“We do roofing, gutters, siding and reconstruction,” Adams said. “Bryan provided the rafters to rebuild the overhang here at the concession stand.”

Virtually single-handedly, Johnson began the project of refurbishing the old Optimist Park in 2008, investing his own money in it, in an effort to keep the Waxahachie Youth Baseball program going, a program that was established in the early 1960s, according to the Optimist Field website.

For information about Abide By All Contracting Inc. call 972-935-6989 or 214-476-7546. Visit the Optimist Fields website at or call 972-935-3909.

Contact Paul at or 469-517-1450.