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Ocean Springs to break ground Tuesday on Bridge Park

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs will break ground Tuesday on a new park, located at the foot of bridge.

Plans for the small green space between the bridge and the Ocean Springs Yacht Club include piping of an open drainage ditch near the mosaic bridge panels, benches, decorative fencing, trash receptacles, landscaping and steps to access the bridge from the sidewalk near the mosaic panels. Stretching equipment for walkers will also be erected.

The park will be the center point for pedestrians using the walkway beneath the bridge to access the pier and parking area proposed by the county on the north side of the bridge. A new walkway on front beach connecting the bridge to the harbor is now under construction, facilitating access to other recreational amenities along Front Beach Drive such as the Fort Maurepas Park and the Community Pier.

The project will also extend the sidewalk on the north side of Porter Avenue from the bridge to connect toward downtown. The half million dollars for the park is part of an economic stimulus project managed by the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

"We are grateful for this economic stimulus funding through MDOT to make the gateway to our community even more inviting as well as functional," said Mayor Connie Moran.

Alderman Matt McDonnell, Ward 2, heralded the project as one that "continues the implementation of the Beach Master Plan."

As part of the agreement with MDOT, the City of Ocean Springs will be responsible for the maintenance and security of the park following its completion. City officials hope to open the new park in early Spring.

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