By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today
New fencing has been installed along South Parkway Street in Corinth to provide a barrier between the roadway and walkers at Crossroads Regional Park.
Previously, there was no fencing separating motorists traveling on South Parkway and the walkers on the adjacent park trail, Corinth-Alcorn Parks Director Robin Baker said.
The six-foot high fence was added for the safety of the walkers, and landscaping may be added around the fence.
In addition to the fence along the frontage of the park, improved fencing was also added by the playground next to South Parkway. The new playground fence is two feet higher and is expected to do a better job of keeping the children safely contained in the play area.
Corinth-Alcorn County Parks & Recreation employees on Monday morning were also installing new fencing by the entryway of the park to provide another separation between motorists and walkers.
The new fencing is part of a large Crossroads Regional Park improvement project, which also included rerouting and resurfacing the walking trail. Previously the walking path connected with the roadway, which was considered a safety concern.
Improvements have been funded by the city, Lion’s Club and Magnolia Regional Health Center.
The trail, which was previously four feet wide, was widened to six to eight feet and will be striped to accommodate walkers and runners, Baker said. Another aspect of the project included paving a parking area that was previously gravel.
About six to seven deteriorated trees that present safety concerns will be taken down, said Baker. About two have already been removed, she noted.
Funding is also being sought to purchase outdoor workout equipment to install along the trail. A nine-hole disc golf course is also being put back in place. Two new playgrounds were recently added at the park, and officials are seeking funding to add toddler equipment to the areas, which are currently designated for 5-12-year-olds.
A glow run/walk will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 to raise money to buy playground equipment for children with special needs.