By Carlie Kollath
Visitors to the fountain in Fairpark Park now will have some shade, thanks to four umbrellas installed Friday.
The Tupelo Redevelopment Agency, the volunteer group tasked by the city to develop and oversee Fairpark, voted at its June board meeting to buy the umbrellas as a test.
“We hope to eventually have a more permanent feature, but we’ll have to price that out in our budget,” said TRA Chairman John Oxford on Friday.
The members opted to get green umbrellas, saying they would blend in better with the grass and the aesthetics of Fairpark. The bill for the umbrellas and the anchors came to about $1,000.
The 9-foot-wide umbrellas arrived this week and were installed Friday morning around the benches that surround the Frances Reed Memorial Fountain in front of City Hall.
They were taken down later in the day when a storm rolled through town.
Boyd Yarbrough, with Ten Oaks Consulting, installed the umbrellas and is hired by TRA to do the maintenance work for Fairpark. He said when the forecast calls for sunshine, he’ll have the umbrellas up by 8 a.m. They’ll be taken down around sunset, he said.
The plan, according to the board, is to have the umbrellas out during spring and summer.
Oxford said the group took action on the umbrellas because Mayor Jack Reed Jr. asked Oxford and the members to find a way to provide some relief for the parents who were sweltering in the sun and heat while their children played in the fountain.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.