Plantersville receives three park grants

Lee County StockBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

PLANTERSVILLE – Mayor Gloria Holland said everything has fallen into place this week for plans to improve Plantersville’s Central Street park.

The city received word Tuesday it won the Mississippi Mayors’ Let’s Play challenge and will be receiving a free KaBOOM! playground.

The city also was given a $1,000 tree grant from the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association.

City Clerk Norma Ballard said she wanted something to create a visual and sound buffer between the train and the park and thought a dense tree planting would help.

Holland said she was ecstatic when she received a letter from Gov. Phil Bryant granting the city a $150,000 Mississippi Development Authority grant to fix the park’s drainage problems.

“The thing that is so cool to me is Norma (Ballard) applied for the tree grant on her own accord,” Holland said. “And, it all just fell into place.”

The park currently has two softball fields, a basketball goal, a walking track, a concession stand and two sets of older playground equipment.

The new playground will be designed by children in the community and built in one day in early 2014 by volunteers. The playground construction project will be coordinated by Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM!, sponsors of the Mississippi Mayors’ Let’s Play Challenge.

The playground will be a value of up to $35,000, depending on the design chosen.

Holland said they will most likely build the playground near the park’s smaller softball field so parents can keep an eye on their children while attending a game.

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