Bidding set for new Kings park

Published 9:37 am Monday, March 27, 2017

A proposed park for the Kings Community will soon be a reality.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Friday authorized city clerk Walter Osborne to advertise for bids for the project, which will be called Kings Park and located off Waltersville Street. The project will include an asphalt parking lot, concrete sidewalks, grading, pavilion, half basketball court and drainage.

The bids will be opened May 1.

Assistant public works director Jeff Richardson said the park will be behind the Vicksburg Fire Department’s Waltersville Station.

“It will be between the fire station and animal control,” he said.

Part of that area is presently a storage yard for sewer lines, but Richardson said the crews are in the process of relocating the pipe to a location on a site at the fire department’s training center, which is west of the city dog pound.

“We are about finished getting the pipe yard moved out,” he said.

Richardson said the parking lot, pavilion, sidewalks and half basketball court are part of an initial phase for the park.

He said the city is applying for a grant for a walking trail and future additions include a restroom and playground.

The board announced in July plans to build the park.

No estimate for the project was given at the time pending the final design and engineering, but the city has $100,000 allocated for the park in the $1.3 million it has set aside for recreation under the $9.2 million capital improvements bond issue.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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