VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - Remodeling of MLK Memorial Park is complete and Jackson County officials will reopen the park Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
"This location has served residents for years, but it was time for a change," District 1 Supervisor Manly Barton explained. "The community needed this park to have more features for every age group of a family."
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.
"This might be one of the County's smaller parks in size but it's loaded with amenities after this remodeling. Although we are officially reopening the park next week, residents have been taking advantage of new features for several weeks. The new pavilions are already a success," Barton said.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park is two acres in size and located on Highway 57 just north of the high school's football field. The ribbon cutting ceremony is open to all residents and community leaders.
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