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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Nicole Grundel

County reopens Vancleave’s MLK Park after major remodeling

JC Supervisors and Vancleave community leaders marked the re-opening of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park on Dec. 9 with a ribbon cutting. From L to R: Angela Weldy, Understanding Non-profit; Louverta Burney, Vancleave Resident; Patricia Buxton, Vancleave Resident, Jack Hamilton, JC Recreation; Roy Buxton Sr., Vancleave Resident; Renee’ Fairley, Understanding Non-profit; Ross Gaines, Vancleave Resident; Manly Barton, District 1 Supervisor; and Mike Mangum, 2010 Board President.

With “golden” scissors in hand, Jackson County supervisors and community leaders reopen Vancleave’s MLK Memorial Park on Dec. 9 with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the park’s major remodeling project.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out on this chilly morning for this re-opening,” District 1 Supervisor Manly Barton, said. “This community park has been here for years as a softball field but the needs of the park changed, so we changed the park to fit those needs. This is now a family park with features for all age groups.”

The park now features a quarter mile lighted walking track, an exercise warm up station, full size basketball court, new playground equipment, concrete sidewalks, and three picnic size pavilions with power. The County’s Recreation Department managed all of the redesign work which began in June 2010 at a total cost of $73,000.

The transformation is a welcomed site for Vancleave resident Ross Gaines, who lives just blocks away from the MLK Memorial Park. Gaines approached Supervisor Barton and the County’s Recreation Department about the future of the park and its importance to the community.

“When the County told me everything going into this park, I had a hard time seeing where it was all going. But they fit it all in here and it looks so good. This is a park to be proud of and I want to thank the County,” Gaines said.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park is two acres in size and located on Highway 57 a few blocks north of the high school’s football field. For a complete list of all the County’s parks and ball fields visit www.co.jackson.ms.us/img/recreation/parksandballfields.pdf  .


Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 by Nicole Grundel

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