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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Julius Breckling, Little Rock park namesake, dies at 83

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:47 AM

HE BUILT THAT: Pavilion at Julius Breckling Riverfront Park
  • HE BUILT THAT: Pavilion at Julius Breckling Riverfront Park

HE BUILT THAT: Pavilion at Julius Breckling Riverfront Park
  • HE BUILT THAT: Pavilion at Julius Breckling Riverfront Park

From Hot Springs comes news of the death of former Little Rock Parks and Recreation Director Julius Breckling, for whom the Riverfront Park he helped develop downtown is named.

The obituary:

ulius (Sunny) Peter-Herman Breckling, 83, of Hot Springs, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. He was born March 7, 1929, to the late Martha Weigle Breckling and Julius Breckling Sr. in Hot Springs.

Julius graduated from Lakeside High School, and Oklahoma State University in 1951. He was the parks and recreation director in Little Rock. When he retired, the city dedicated Riverfront Park to him in honor of the work he did on the parks and zoo. Then he went on to finish his dream, to finish Two Rivers Park Bridge, on July 8, 2011. At the time of his death, he was continuing to develop Lotus Valley in Hot Springs, which he founded. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, member of Garvan Woodland Gardens, on the board of directors of Housing Authority for Hot Springs and a member of Fifty for the Future.

He was preceded by his parents, Julius and Martha Breckling; his first wife, Mary Breckling; one daughter, Nancy Green; one stepson, Jimmy Greene and one stepgrandson, Jackson Greene.

Survivors include his wife, Uva Breckling; two brothers, John (Faye) Breckling and Emil Breckling; one daughter, Martha Kay (Sam) Parker; two sons, Steve (Alice) Breckling and James (Renee) Breckling; daughter-in-law, Brenda Breckling; two stepdaughters, Karen Greene and Cindy (Jim) Mullett; one stepson, Marcus (Shelly) Greene; 11 grandchildren, Leslie Parker, Julia Thurber, Todd Parker, Christopher Marlar, Samantha Patrick, Amanda Breckling, Stephanie Breckling, Thomas Breckling, Jeremy Breckling, Logan Breckling and Kaylee Breckling; 10 stepgrandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. today at Hot Springs Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church with pastor Jon Beyer officiating. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s or First Lutheran Church Building Fund. Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home. Online condolences at

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