Councilwoman wants park restored

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport council woman is pushing for progress at one city park. Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines says a park in her area needs a major overhaul and she wants the city to help.

From a distance the East North Gulfport Park seems to be in good shape, but look a little closer and you will find that the park needs a lot of TLC.

"It's probably about 10 years old, but it needs a lot of maintenance now," said Ward Three councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines.

The city is restoring the pavilion and cutting the grass. However, councilwoman Holmes-Hines says there's still more work to be done.

"It needs to be maintained. The benches need to be maintained, and the basketball court needs to be maintained," Hines said.

She says the lighting is also insufficient, and that can prove to be unsafe.

"We have a lot of seniors that walk this trail often. We have ponding and flooding that's in the gate areas," said Hines.

Nearby residents agree.

"We have a lot of space here, but we don't have a lot going on here," said Shirley Lewis.

Lewis' mother has lived on Florida Avenue for a number of years, and she says they've been doing all they can to keep the park from becoming an eyesore.

"We've come out here as citizens and cleaned up the park a lot of times to keep from having broken glass around," Lewis said.

Other residents fear that a lack of a place to play may lead to trouble for the children.

"They get into a lot of things they shouldn't be getting into now," Rogeick Cohea said.

Cohea still has high hopes for the historic community.

"I hope they can get them something big enough with a roof over it because a lot of the kids go inside when it rains or if it's too cold. They can't do anything," said Cohea.

Counciwoman Ella Holmes-Hines would like to set up a Kaboom build for the North East Gulfport Park. She plans to present the idea at the next Gulfport City Council meeting. That meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday at 2:30 pm.