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Picayune dedicates Crosby Commons

The Crosby Commons were officially dedicated and opened Monday morning where Crosby Memorial Hospital once stood. (Photo source: WLOX) The Crosby Commons were officially dedicated and opened Monday morning where Crosby Memorial Hospital once stood. (Photo source: WLOX)
The project's walking track should be done within the next six months, and the amphitheater should be complete within the year. (Photo source: WLOX) The project's walking track should be done within the next six months, and the amphitheater should be complete within the year. (Photo source: WLOX)
PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) -

A historic site in Picayune has been given new life. The Crosby Commons were officially dedicated and opened Monday morning where Crosby Memorial Hospital once stood.

If the ceremony had a theme, it would have been collaboration. According to city and state officials, the birth of the Crosby Commons park was made possible by multiple parties.

"I've always preached and believed in a team effort, and you have a team effort here folks," said Transportation Commissioner Tom King.

MDOT provided $400,000 in the form of a transportation alternative program grant to make the project happen. King said the collaborative effort is why the grant was awarded.

Mayor Ed Pinero was pleased with the teamwork that he saw.

"Everyone here was a part of what's taken place behind us and what will take place in the future," he said.

Some of those future plans include a walking track and an amphitheater. "Our orchestra will be able to play. Anyone from any of our school systems, any kind of theatre groups will be able to play here. So we'll have a lot of activities here," said Pinero.

This new life is bringing joy to many in the community. Several people at the ceremony remember the building that previously took up residence in this space.

"Oh, we think it's wonderful. We remember when the hospital was built," said longtime resident Mary Joy Jobes.

That hospital, Crosby Memorial, was built more than 50 years ago. Now, all that's left of it are the recycled bricks used for the entrance, and memories.

"I met my wife here. She was working at the hospital," said resident J.P. Burns.

Christy Goss played an integral role in making sure that this project came together. She was born at Crosby Memorial and went to high school right across the street.

"Now I'm able to be on the ground floor of developing this space so I'm just thrilled to be a part of changes for the positive in our community," she said.

According to Goss, the project has been in the works for more than two years now. She said the walking track should be done within the next six months, and the amphitheater should be complete within the year.

The project was also made possible by donations, including sod from the high school football stadium.

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