Bayou View Park Shows What Determined Residents Can Accomplish

If you want to see what a small group of volunteers with big dreams can do, then attend the unveiling ceremony at Bayou View Park Saturday afternoon.

Hurricane Katrina left the park in ruins, but now it's not only cleaned up, but also beautifully landscaped, and home to playground equipment, a walking trail and a beautiful sculpture of children playing.

This park makeover happened because some people saw the need, got together, raised funds, and got other people excited and involved. The Gulfport Junior Auxiliary, area businesses, residents and the city should be commended for their foresight to take this property and make it such a showplace.

Hundreds of volunteers have worked many Saturdays planting trees and flowers making it a place of beauty. Andi Rushton is one of the volunteers. She says this park shows what a community can do once it makes up its mind.

Members of the community must get involved to make a difference. We hope other communities along the coast will replicate what has been done in Gulfport.

Parks in a neighborhood, such as Bayou View, give us that extra quality of life that we all want.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager