Lamar County is getting a new walking trail and park

Lamar County is getting a new walking trail and park

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A walking trail will be added next to Optimist Park in Oak Grove by March of 2015.

Lamar County Supervisor Philip Carlisle said a grant from Southern Highway Commissioner Tom King and the Mississippi Department of Transportation made this project possible.

"The grant is $300,000 it required a $100,000 match from the county, which the board voted for," said Phillip Carlisle, District 1 Supervisor.

The construction contract has also been awarded.

"The low bid came from floors construction out of Moss Point," said Carlisle.

Floors Construction brought the low bid of $345,000. MDOT will need to approve the same contractor.

"As soon as that occurs we will get in the process of construction," said Carlisle.

Construction is expected to begin on March 1, 2015. The Lamar County board of Supervisors surprised District 1 Supervisor Mike Backstrom by naming it after him in honor of his retirement at the end of this term.

"Backstrom was one of our leaders during the most historic growth of Lamar County," said County Administrator Chuck Bennet. "He helped guide and give a lot of stewardship to that situation."

Backstrom will be retiring after 24 years of service.

"I feel real honored that they all feel that way [about] me," said Backstrom. "I am not one to toot my own horn."

Even though he might not, many did by thanking him for his service to the county.

"I honestly believe that Mike Backstrom has been an visionary member," said Judge Prentiss Harrell of the 15th Circuit Court District.

The Backstrom trail will go along the west side of Optimist Park. Additions such as gazebos and decorative lights are expected. Ultimately, to create the Backstrom Park.

The trail and park will be ready to enjoy around August 2015.