PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Barbara Renfroe was a lifelong resident of Pascagoula who took pride in her community and wanted to help keep it beautiful.
Now, residents and future generations will get to enjoy a more beautiful Beach Park, all thanks to a generous bequest left by Ms. Renfroe to the nonprofit group Pascagoula Pride.
Born in Pascagoula, Ms. Renfroe was a longtime supporter of the civic organization. When she died in 2017, she left a substantial amount of money to the beautification group, requesting that much of it be used to upgrade Beach Park.
Those renovations are now underway and will include a re-vamped entrance, as well as beautiful towers, a fence and garden, a new walking path and more.
Phase one will see the addition of obelisk towers at the end of the beach. Each tower will be surrounded by a fence and garden. A new walking path on the south side of the park is already up.
Pascagoula Pride said the first phase of the project is expected to be finished before cruisers roll into town next month during Cruisin’ the Coast.
Phase two will begin once the cruisers leave and will include resurfacing areas of the park, new roofs on the pavilion, brickwork on the poles, and upgrades made to the restrooms.
The plans to upgrade the park were announced last year during Pascagoula Pride’s 30th anniversary celebration. The civic group made up of local residents who want to make the city a more beautiful place to live. The group organizes and funds projects around town and hosts community-wide cleanups and beautification initiatives to make Pascagoula more visually appealing. For more information about the work Pascagoula Pride is doing, check out their Facebook page.