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Two Pascagoula Parks Set To Get Makeovers

Pascagoula resident Ellen Poole visits Beach Park with her son Evin most every day for some fun and relaxation. Hearing that the city has plans to improve the park put a smile on her face. 

"It would be really nice. Whatever the kids can have to keep them busy," Poole said.

City Manager Kay Kell said before Katrina, many of Pascagoula's parks were in need of upgrades, but the city just couldn't afford it.

"All of our equipment obtained through grants years ago, it did not pass the safety standards test, so we had to tear it down. We had nothing before the storm," says City Manager Kay Kell.

Now, through a $50,000 donation from Mississippi Power, Beach Park is getting a makeover. An interactive splash pad will be built for people to come and have a fun, wet time.

"That will be a zero depth water feature at Beach Park, where kids will activate a bollard and the sprays will come on and they get to play around in the water," Recreational Director Darcie Crew said.

I. G Levy Park will also be transformed into a haven of excitement for kids. Next month, construction will begin on a state-of-the-art playground that features web climbers and a three story mega-tower.

"It is going to serve children ages zero to 12 years of age," Crew said.

"We have been working with Chevron for a while, and they have awarded us a grant of almost $200,000 for the purchase of the equipment for the playground project."

"Pascagoula needs the amenities that make people want to live in Pascagoula. And we like to be the best," Kell said.

The city will begin taking bids on the Beach Park project next month. The ribbon cutting for the I.G. Levy Park Project will be in November.

The city needs volunteers to help build the playground at I.G. Levy Park next month. If you are interested in helping, call the Pascagoula Recreational Department for more information.

By Patrice Clark

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