Carnival fundraiser to help spruce up Biloxi's Hiller Park

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - People who love Biloxi's Hiller Park say the park isn't what it used to be, and they are trying to raise money to spruce it up. That's the goal of the Hiller Park Carnival, which kicks off on Friday.

Organizers said they would love to see the park with new tennis courts, new bathrooms and so much more. To do that, they need the public's support.

Whether they enjoy disk golf, fishing, a jog or just feeding the ducks, Hiller Park is a popular spot for visitors.

"It's just nice. It's always pretty out here. It's always sunny. It's just a great park. There's always a lot of people out here," said Cody Riser.

"For a little stress release I go for a run. I have a little trace that I run all through the park,"
said Frank Pavlov. "It's pretty."

Not everything in the park is pretty. Members of the Hiller Park Committee said the playground equipment is very old and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. They don't want to stop the improvements there.

"For me, the most important thing is to put in a new handicap accessible playground. I'd like to see additional bathrooms out here. Maybe some additional picnic tables or benches especially through the walkways," said committee member Shirley Lovelace.

"I would like to see a total renovation with landscaping, new tennis courts so we can have tennis tournaments. Maybe a splash pad. A dog park," said Biloxi Councilwoman Dixie Newman. "But everything is a lot of money, so we're having to do fundraisers but at the same time provide community events for the public. I think a carnival is the best way to do so."

The Hiller Park Carnival includes rides, games, food and a flea market. Committee members said they can't make Hiller Park a better public park without the help of the public.

"I just think we need to keep our park alive," Lovelace said. "Green space is getting smaller and smaller. We have this big beautiful green space here. We need to utilize that. I just love this park. I love the joy it brings to people."

The carnival runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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