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Family Awaits Opening Of Pascagoula's Beach Park

Beach Park was once a very busy place along the waterfront of Pascagoula, but Hurricane Katrina swept away most all of the recreational area. Now, nearly a year later, many families are still looking for a place to take their children to play.

"Normally on a Saturday afternoon we'd come out here and let the kids play, and run around. this is one of the jewels of Pascagoula," Pascagoula resident Mike Cunningham said.   

Cunningham and his children Myra, Michael, and Mali made Beach Park their spot for family fun often before Hurricane Katrina came along.   

"We're out here for the first time on the premises. We've driven by it a few times, but this is the first time we've stopped and taken a look around."   

Cunningham says his family loved to visit the park to spend time together, gather for concerts, and enjoy the breathtaking views.   

"Look at it, it's great. You don't get views like this too often in the world," Cunningham said.   

Thanks to Katrina's storm surge, a fountain is all that remains at the park. But that will soon change, according to City Park Director Darcie Crew. She says that by August 29th, the park will be back.   

"It'll be back bigger and better, I'm sure, and hopefully sooner rather than later," Cunningham said.   

The city says that if work continues on schedule, the playground equipment will be in place and a pavilion will be ready for an August 29th anniversary ceremony in the park. It's great news for the Cunninghams, who have big expectations for the park.   

"Oh, I'd love to see it be Sunday afternoons full of artisans, of people just enjoying the beauty we have. I know my family will utilize the place," Cunningham said.   

Even with all the equipment that's sitting in plastic at the park today, little Myra just has one simple request.   

"I don't even know what they're going to do to it. I just hope it's something we can play on," Myra said.   

The park's dedication service will take place at 6 p.m. on August 29th. In addition to the playground, the city plans to unveil a special Hurricane Katrina memorial structure that will remain at the park.

By Keli Rabon

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