By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Should the playground at Crossroads Regional Park in Corinth be fixed or demolished?
City of Corinth officials have expressed a need to demolish the playground, saying it is a safety hazard.
But some Alcorn County officials think the playground could be fixed rather than demolished.
“I see absolutely no reason that that playground should even be close to being torn down,” Alcorn County Supervisor Steve Glidewell said at the Monday board meeting.
He said he and another supervisor visited the playground to get a firsthand view of its condition. Tearing it down would be an “absolute waste of money,” Glidewell asserted.
Glidewell thinks a littler manpower and a few materials could bring the playground back up to “tip-top” condition.
Supervisor Lowell Hinton said it would be a good idea to have the playground independently evaluated to get an idea of what needs to be done to the structure. But Hinton does not think it is beyond repair.
A plan to replace the playground should be developed before it is torn down, Hinton added. He said he does not want to leave the children with no place to go but does not want anyone to get hurt either.
The playground is currently closed since city officials put yellow caution tape around it.
Corinth-Alcorn Parks Director Ray Holloway said the company that supplied the playground materials is expected to be in Corinth on Wednesday. Another person who knows about playgrounds is also expected to look at the structure, Holloway said.
Whether the playground is fixed or demolished should ultimately be a park board decision, Glidewell said.
Darrell Duncan, county-appointee to the park board, said the playground was in the process of being fixed when the city put caution tape around it. Now the playground is in limbo since officials don’t know whether to work on it or wait for it to be demolished, said Duncan.
Duncan thinks with a few thousands dollars that the playground could be fixed. A new playground would be nice to have, but the current one should not be demolished without a replacement plan, he said.
The playground is used a lot, Duncan said.