Oxford board approves bonds for parks, streets

HED: Oxford board approves bonds for parks, streets

READ-IN: Part of the $9 million could widen South Lamar Boulevard and University Avenue.

By Errol Castens

Daily Journal Oxford Bureau

OXFORD – The Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to secure up to $9 million in general obligation bonds.

As proposed, funds would be used to construct or improve parks, recreation facilities, sanitary and storm sewers, public parking and street improvements. The bonds could also finance purchase of land as needed.

One proposed project would add a lane to South Lamar Boulevard from State Highway 6 to Elliott Drive. It would also add roundabouts at each end of the Highway 6 bridge to solve the interchange’s frequent bottlenecks.

The bond issue would also implement long-awaited improvements at Pat Lamar Park, including a pavilion, enhanced parking, new restrooms, pathways, landscaping and a “natural and soft” playground.

Other parts of the funding would create a new public parking lot near the city water tower southeast of downtown. Tennis courts at Avent Park would also be resurfaced.

Contact Oxford Bureau reporter Errol Castens at 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.