New linked trails expand Tupelo park offerings

TUPELO – A series of separate trails at Ballard Park will soon find themselves connected into nearly four miles of continuous walking and running terrain.
Work to link the paths already started thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Tupelo Quality of Life Committee.
“We’re trying to focus on three areas as it pertains to what we feel like are keys to a quality lifestyle – recreation, beautification and cultural,” said committee Chairman Chris Root. “We’ve already done the daffodils and concert series, so now comes the trails.”
The commission, which is in its second year of existence, awarded a $20,000 grant last year to plant thousands of daffodils citywide and gave a $15,000 grant earlier this year for a summer concert series.
City Parks and Recreation Director Don Lewis said the interconnected trails are part of a master plan to form a citywide biking-and-walking-trails system. But that’s still several years away.
In the meantime, those who use the Ballard Park paths said they’re excited about the expanded offerings.
“It’s an asset,” said Hank Boerner, a member of the Tupelo Sports Council and the Tupelo Cross Country Boosters Club. “We’re eventually going to have signage to direct people, kind of like on a federal park hiking trail, so they can pick which route they want to do.”

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