Campers concerned about water park

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Some frequent campers at Little Black Creek Water Park are concerned about what they say are dozens of safety and maintenance issues at the park. Thursday, nearly one dozen campers voiced their concerns to the Board of Directors of the Pat Harrison Waterway District, the agency that oversees the park.

"I have grandchildren and I don't want my grandchildren out here, exposed to these hazards," said Rebecca Lumpkin, one of the campers.

Lumpkin and others have photographs they say show several problems at the park, including exposed electrical wiring, dead trees and broken barbecue grills. They gave the Board copies of the photos and a list of concerns at their meeting.

Today, the campers said crews were correcting a few of the problems, but many of them are concerned the work won't last for long.

"I'm sure there's an effort to kind of address some of the issues, but they appear to be more limbs and branches and not the bare, electrical wires, dangerous swim areas," said Ed Willoughby, another camper. "These are the situations that I believe the board and Mr. Hiram Boone need to address immediately, before someone dies," Willoughby said.

Hiram Boone, executive director of the Pat Harrison Waterway District, was out of town and unavailable for comment today. Don Lee, who's interim manager at the park, had no comment on the issue.

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