Construction set to begin for new access road to Chain Park

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Construction of a new access road to Chain Park at Twin Forks in Hattiesburg will get under way with-in the next month.

The park is located on East 8th Street behind the Ebenezer Baptist Church. The new access road will be on Highway 11 North at the Hattiesburg City limits. Chain Park opened in 2010 and is named after former Mayor Bobby Chain who bought the land in the early 80's with a vision of it becoming a recreational facility. He donated the land to the city in 1999 with the stipulation they would build a park and keep it there forever.

The new road will also include an 8 foot wide pedestrian and bike path along the side of it. It will take about 6 months to complete and when finished will provide easier access to the park.

"I think the people in the neighborhood are using it and know about it and some people outside the neighborhood. But a lot of people don't know about it and aren't using it as much as we would like," said Bert Kuyrkendall, Director of Engineering for the City of Hattiesburg. "This access road will open that up more for them. Also it gives more of a chance to have events."

The $379,000 contract was awarded Tuesday night to Walters Construction by the Hattiesburg City Council.

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