HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Less than a year after opening, Hattiesburg's Chain Park has earned an award.
The city was presented the 2010 Hayward "Bo" Phillips Design Award of Merit during the Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association awards banquet. The park, about 37 acres, , named after former Hattiesburg mayor, Bobby Chain opened back in May.
Sitting along the Leaf River at the end of East Eight St., park directors say it's a testament to design and development.
"We didn't expect it from the sense that we would win but we know we have a great park and a great project and a great opportunity for it. I just foresee it becoming even more beautiful. We're going to do some other things to it, an amphitheater, get another entrance to it. It's just going to be even that much more beautiful," said city parks and recreation director Clemon Terrell.
The award division judges parks across the state of cities with a population of 35,000 or more. Additional phases for the park are also in the works.