Work now complete at Crosby Commons, ribbon cutting held

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Picayune residents have a newly renovated Crosby Commons to enjoy during their morning walks.

Monday morning, city officials held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the completion of the final stages of the park’s construction.

The final results feature an amphitheater, new benches, history markers and a whole lot more.

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Mayor Dr. Ed Pinero said it was an exciting day for the citizens and the large turnout was testimony to the positive impact efforts to improve the park had the on residents of Picayune.

“People are in the park all day. Our intent was to develop a park for the citizens and we’ve done just that,” Pinero said.

The $1 million spent on the project came from several grants from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Approximately $200,000 came from funds donated by LPRVF and about $685,000 was awarded by MDOT, said City Clerk Amber Hinton. The initiative also involved a match from the city’s budget of about $160,000.

“The park is a focal point for all citizens,” Mississippi Department of Transpiration Southern District Commissioner Tom King said.

Work at the park also involved constriction of lights installed around the walking track, RV hookups for water and electricity and weatherproof speakers along the track that play music from various genres.

“Over the years we will work towards some more additions which can enhance the park and be the center of many more events,” said King.