By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
The City of Picayune was awarded a $60,960 grant through the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation (LPRVF) as part of a $76,200 project which will effect J.P. Johnson Park, East Side Park and Daniels Street Park.
J.P. Johnson Park, located on Rosa Street, is scheduled to receive new benches, trash cans, recreational playground equipment, walking trail repairs, a roof on pavillion and a safety fence.
East Side Park, located on East Canal Street, is scheduled to receive benches and trash cans as well as a roof for the current basketball court.
Daniels Street Park, located on Daniels Street, is scheduled to receive benches and trash cans, picnic tables and a new wooden bridge to replace the current bridge.
Grant Development Coordinator Christy Goss said, “The non-grant portion of expenditures will be done through in-kind donations. We are always looking for ways to improve Picayune. With the assistance of the LPRV Foundation we are able to create additional safe, clean and well maintained recreational green space.
“We are making Picayune more beautiful and enjoyable for all of its citizens and visitors. We are improving our community’s quality of life, one step at a time.”
LPRVF President Ted Alexander said, “This partnership with the City of Picayune certainly has potential to enhance quality of life for our children and adults at the three locations where the upgrades and improvements will be made.
“We are pleased to work with the City of Picayune and look forward the city progressing with this endeavor.”
Upon receipt of the grant check, Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero, said, “The city would like to thank Dr. Alexander and his foundation. We would have had to put this project on the backburner if not for the assistance of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.”