- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Transportation Commission has awarded a $400,000 grant to the city of Picayune to help develop a park on a tract the city bought in 2013.

City Manager Jim Luke told The Picayune Item (https://bit.ly/1oTSYJS) an application has been submitted for an additional $200,000 from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.

“You could do a great bit of work for $600,000,” Luke said.

The city must put up $100,000 under terms of the Transportation Commission grant, grant administrator Christy Goss said.

The money is most likely to be used for a walking track, lighting and a stage or amphitheater in the green space where a hospital once stood.

Mayor Ed Pinero Jr. said the money will help in developing more ideas for the park, but officials continue to seek additional funding to make the project a reality as soon as possible.

The city bought the property in 2013 for $210,000. Another $45,000 was invested to demolish the old hospital building.

Luke said the city got a good deal on the property, estimating the empty lot could be worth as much as $1 million.

Plans for the area also include a wrought iron fence around the green space, which would protect children playing there from traffic and also provide regulated entry points special events could utilize to collect entry fees, Luke said.

Benches, litter receptacles and markers denoting the historic nature of the area also are planned.

A stage and walking track are planned so Luke supports installation of a dressing room for entertainers and related facilities.

The city is still accepting public comment on design elements for the park.

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Information from: Picayune Item, https://www.picayuneitem.com


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