MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The City of Moss Point is celebrating the future development of two new park projects.
Thanks to a partnership with the Land Trust of the Mississippi Coastal Plain, the river city is moving forward with plans including nature trails, pavilions and more.
"This is a beautiful day in the river city of Moss Point," said Mayor Billy Broomfield, as he prepared to help unveil a new sign.
Near the base of the Highway 613 bridge, visitors will soon find a new nature park nestled along the bank of the river.
Saw Mill Landing salutes the history and heritage of this area.
"In years past, there were a number of saw mills in this area, along with saw mill offices. So in addition to preserving the history and heritage of this area, we're also making it easy and comfortable for those who like to get out and observe nature with walking trails. And we're excited in Moss Point," said Mayor Broomfield.
Those involved with the project say nature lovers will be excited by the environmental diversity.
"One of the nice things about this site, is that in a relatively small site, it goes from the tidal marsh through the live oak forest, up to some other woods on the other side of the property. So it goes through a whole range of different ecologies," said David Perkes, with Gulf Coast Design Studio.
North of I-10, another new park is about to blossom. Saracennia Park is being developed next door to the fire station on Saracennia Rd.
With the Riverfront Welcome Center and the nearby Pascagoula River Audubon Center, the development of these two nature parks will further enhance Moss Point's growing reputation as a nature tourism destination.
"Moss Point has always been a hub for nature tourism. Always has. We just had to make sure we continue to develop what we have and improve on the jewel that God has given us. And that's what we're doing as part of this project today," said Mayor Broomfield.
The property for the parks was made possible through the CIAP program, administered by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.