Women's Club sponsors Fairpark playground

BY CARLIE KOLLATH
Daily Journal

TUPELO – Fairpark will get a whole lot kid-friendlier come next year.

The Tupelo Women's Club on Thursday offered to sponsor a playground between the fountain and Tommy Morgan's Coldwell Banker building on East Main Street. It should be installed by next summer, according to Downtown Tupelo Main Street Executive Director Debbie Brangenberg.

The sponsorship was offered during the regular meeting of the Tupelo Redevelopment Agency, the group charged with revitalizing the area that's home to City Hall, the Renasant Center for IDEAs and the Hilton Garden Inn.

Tupelo Women's Club President Michelle Waits said the amount of the contribution is unclear because it will be based on profits from the club's holiday tree program on Nov. 27. Last year, the club raised about $30,000 and split it among various groups.

This year, the 75-member service organization decided to combine its service and philanthropy goals by sponsoring the playground.

The club is leaving it up to TRA to pick out the equipment, and so far, the feeling is it will be a traditional playground with swings, a merry-go-round, a slide and a seesaw.

However, Brangenberg said the type of equipment depends on how much money is raised at the holiday program.

In addition to the playground, TRA on Thursday decided to look into buying a bike rack for Fairpark. TRA also is reviewing options to finish paving roads in the residential part of Fairpark.

Contact business reporter Carlie Kollath
at 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

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