Signs put up at Nature Park Locations in Moss Point
X marks the spot. Today, the City of Moss Point, alongside Land Trust, marked two future spots for nature parks by placing signs in the areas.
News 25’s Laurene Callander gives us a look at these eco-tourism projects in the River City.
City officials watched in awe as signs were screwed in at future nature park sites in Moss Point. The first stop sits across the Riverfront Welcome Center, covering almost five acres, where visitors can expect walking trails and an outdoor classroom for students to learn about wildlife living in the River City. Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield said, “This plus the one we’re about to do across the bridge is gonna be hand in hand enhancements for the citizens of the beautiful River City of Moss Point and those who want to come and see the amenities we have to offer and that’s why we’re so excited about it.”
Saracennia Park is the second location. Project designers plan on creating a pond, exercise stations and a pavilion as residents enter the 13 acre park, nestled right next to a city fire department. David Perkes, director of Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, said, “It’s both for the people who see it coming into Moss Point but the for the public to use and enjoy everything from walking trails to school children to really understand and enjoy the great ecology we have here.”
First it was the Riverfront Welcome Center, next the Audubon Center and now two future nature parks. Why are city officials putting so much emphasis on the environment here in the River City? “Preserving wildlife, fisheries and the natural habitat for our animals. Yes, we go out of our way to make sure we develop but we also protect the species associated with the surrounding areas,” said Mayor Broomfield.
City leaders hope ground work on these parks will sprout within the next few months.