Alcorn County supervisors approve park financing plan

county_alcorn_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Almost a year after plans for a Corinth park expansion were first discussed, the financing plan is moving forward to make the project a reality.

Alcorn County supervisors voted Monday to proceed with a proposed bond issue, approving a resolution of intent and setting a public hearing for 9 a.m. Aug. 18.

Attorney Sam Keyes of the Butler Snow law firm reported to the board that details of using a financing arrangement that draws on the tourism tax funds available to the Crossroads Arena have been worked out.

The board approved a second resolution to use Butler Snow for the public financing arrangements, financial adviser Demery Grubbs and board attorney Bill Davis to manage the details.

Butch Carmichael, park commission chairman, and park director Ray Holloway presented the final drawing from Cook Coggin Engineers that incorporates more than 25 additional acres along Droke Road on both sides of Clarke Street.

Holloway’s background includes leading several park expansions in previous jobs, and since assuming Corinth’s directorship about three weeks ago he has given input on the new design.

The plan consists of five new ball fields, with a concessions building in the center, 650 new parking spaces and 12 RV spaces. The property (4.4 acres) on the west side of Clarke Street will be soccer fields.

There will be two new restroom facilities on the original side of the park; two of the older three tennis courts will be rehabilitated and the northernmost tennis court will be converted into a multiuse court of a variety of different games targeting all age groups.

The gravel parking lot beside the tennis courts will be paved and Clarke Street will be widened. A new playground will be added to the Northwest corner of the new ball fields and sand volleyball courts will be located beside the playground.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com