Construction begins at long-delayed park at Nettleton

The Associated Press

NETTLETON, Miss. (AP) — Construction has begun on a long-delayed children’s park at a 2.5-acre site donated by a local resident.

Doris Causey — who gave Nettleton the land four years ago — told WTVA she lived at the site with her family for more than four decades.

“I can’t wait,” Causey said. “It’s prayers answered.”

Progress on converting the site into a park has been on hold for several years because of a shortage of funding.

Causey has worked with city leaders to secure grants to help build the park, and has gotten some help from her neighbors.

“The community itself is very supportive of it,” Mayor Jimmy Taylor said. “It has just been awfully difficult to actually get anything started.”

Site work has started and is expected to be completed in about two weeks.

All that is needed to complete the park is money for playground equipment.

“If somebody came in with a large donation, that would just speed things up tremendously. But, we are going to keep plugging along and get what we can as we can,” Taylor said.

Causey said she will go to the park everyday once it is finished.