NYC residents donate $1.7M to build Fulton park

n Michael and Julie Waldorf will have a second home in the area and wanted to contribute to the community.
By Adam Armour
The Itawamba County Times
FULTON – The city of Fulton is receiving a sizable donation from a couple of future residents: a new park.
Mayor Paul Walker recently revealed plans for a new downtown city park, which will be built courtesy of a $1.7 million grant provided by New York attorneys Michael Waldorf and his wife, Fulton native Julie Grimes Waldorf.
The enclosed park, which will be constructed between West Wiygul and West Cedar streets, will feature multiple pavilion areas, two enclosed playground areas, an open lawn, large fountain and dense landscaping.
Work on the park is set to begin in the near future with completion expected this year.
“I think the park will just get worn out with usage,” Walker said. “It will be a great place for people who work around the courtsquare to stop and enjoy their lunches.”
The Waldorfs are building a second home in Fulton as a getaway from New York City. The Waldorfs said they were looking for ways to contribute to the area, and a new park seemed like a natural fit.
“Once we decided to build a home down here, we started taking a look at Fulton in terms of what it has and what it needs,” Michael Waldorf explained. “In our opinion, Itawamba County needed more places for children to just go out and play … We just thought there ought to be more.”
Waldorf said he worked with Bryan Wilson of Itawamba FIRST Foundation on choosing a location for the new park.
“We proposed to enter into a joint venture with the city,” Waldorf said, explaining that if the city could secure the land, the Waldorfs would put together a plan for the park and pay for its construction.
“This is a huge shot in the arm of our budget,” Walker said.
Approximately $125,000 had previously been set aside by the city board to create a park area in downtown Fulton.
The Waldorfs’ donation will allow the city to redirect that money toward other projects.
According to Waldorf, criteria for the park included multiple enclosed playspaces for children and a large, open space for gatherings.
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