OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Keyes Municipal Park was officially given to the people of Ocean Springs during a Tuesday afternoon ceremony honoring the late Myrtle Keyes. The lifelong resident of Ocean Springs was a prominent member of the African American community.
Mrs. Keyes owned the land where this park now sits. After her death, she left it to a friend, but wanted any proceeds from its sale to go to local churches.
He did just that when the city decided to buy the land. Now, the gift is helping the community once again. Using Community Development Block Grant money, Ocean Springs created the park, along with extra parking areas, saving as many trees as possible in the process.
City Alderman Matt McDonnell is thrilled about the new addition to his city's downtown area.
"We can always use additional parking," McDonnell said. "And when you do it to where it blends in with the environment and the ambiance of downtown Ocean Springs, it's all the better. So I would say on a scale of 1 to 10, this was a 12!"