New Playground Features 40-Foot Zipline
By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
There are big improvements underway at Crossroads Regional Park in Corinth.
A major upgrade to the park’s walking trail is under construction, and two new playgrounds have been installed.
One of the new playgrounds is at the entrance to the park off of South Parkway where the former wooden play village was located.
It includes a 40-foot zipline, swings and a play structure and is expected to open in two weeks. Much of the prior wooden playground has been removed due to age and deterioration.
The previous playground was assembled by community members years ago. It is nostalgic to some residents who incorporated their children’s names and artwork into the structure, said Corinth-Alcorn Parks Director Robin Baker.
Wooden tower structures from the old playground remain in place. Park officials are evaluating whether the old towers can stay on the new playground to serve as a reminder of the past.
The other new playground is by the soccer fields and is open now.
The walkway project will widen the pathway to 8 feet and include a new asphalt surface. The pathway will also be somewhat redesigned so walkers will no longer have to walk into the roadway to make the full loop.
There will also be a pad at the start of the pathway for stretching. Park officials are exploring grant opportunities to possibly add workout equipment along the trail in the future.
Once the walkway at Crossroads Regional Park is upgraded the same improvements will be made to the path at Bishop Park on South Johns Street, Baker noted.
The total cost of the two pathway projects is around $200,000 with funding from the Lions Club, Magnolia Regional Health Center, the city of Corinth and Alcorn County, Baker said. Both trail projects should be completed in September.
Park officials are looking into other possible projects, such as playground equipment for children in wheelchairs. A splash pad and more toddler playground equipment are other ideas being considered, Baker added.