Lamar County to receive community park by next fall

The Mississippi Department of Transportation awarded $300,000 in transportation alternative funding to the Lamar County Board of Supervisors to assist with improvements at Optimist Park in Oak Grove.

The money will be used to build a new pedestrian pathway, pavilion and picnic area. The pathway and picnic area will be located next to the existing sports facilities and ball fields. Lamar County Supervisor Phillip Carlisle says the new park should improve the quality of life for families in LAmar County, especially since the location is right in the middle of Lamar County.

Since the population for Lamar County has doubled over the past 18 years, this is something he says will benefit the community in several ways. Coordinator Ashley Norton calls on community support for this project.

"If people are interested in volunteering, we need a wide community support base for the project," Norton said.

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Lamar County Supervisor Phillip Carlisle is doing what he can to help put the project into action.

"After a $300,000 grant, one of the things we as a county had to do was match it with $100,000, so we got a $400,000 grant. It's going to be something we can all be proud of," Carlisle said.

The park is expected to be at least four acres, and it will be open to the public by next fall.