Fairpark pond to get fountain upgrade

TUPELO – The Tupelo Redevelopment Agency, at the request of Fairpark residents, will upgrade the fountain in the pond by Clark Boulevard.
The TRA board approved $4,500 to buy and install a fountain in the pond that borders several of the houses in the residential part of Fairpark. The fountain will complement the smaller one now being used.
Boyd Yarbrough, who owns Ten Oaks Consulting and is responsible for Fairpark’s landscaping and maintenance, said the original fountain was meant only to aerate the pond and prevent it from being stagnant.
While it was meant only to be practical, the fountain has become popular with the residents because of its aesthetics.
Yarbrough proposed to TRA a floating fountain that has a 12-foot plume of water and can light up at night.
The board members liked the fountain but asked Yarbrough to do more research before ordering the particular model. Yarbrough expects to have a fountain installed within a month.
John Avila, president of Fairpark’s residential association, said he and his wife, Sherry, frequently walk their dogs around the pond and they thought a bigger, better fountain would help make the neighborhood “more attractive and more vibrant.”
“We sort of petitioned” John Oxford of TRA and Debbie Brangenberg of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, he said, because they thought the fountain would add an interesting feature to the neighborhood.
Oxford said he supported the upgraded fountain because TRA had money available in the budget and the water feature would add another marketing point to Fairpark.
“It’s an attractive piece to that neighborhood that they’ve wanted,” Oxford said.

Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal