HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - City officials and residents from Palmers Crossing were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new pavilion that will go up in Dewitt Sullivan Park in Hattiesburg's Ward 5.
Last month the city council approved a bid for construction of the 50-foot pavilion that will take about five months to complete and will be the largest one in the city. The estimated cost of the project is $214,000.
"It brought tears to my eyes," said 91-year-old Frankie Benton, who is a longtime resident of the area. "I wish a lot of the old-timers was here to see this, because they fought hard to do it. And it never materialized."
Ward 5 Councilman Nick Brown said the project is something the community asked him for during his campaign.
"But it don't take but one thing in a community and that's a leader," Benton said. "And we've got a leader this time, the mayor came in running for mayor, and he asked, 'what you want?' I know he couldn't give us all what we wanted, but he made a start, he reached out everywhere. He got to community meetings, everyplace even down here in the honky-tonks. That's a mayor for you, he's for all the people and I can appreciate that."
Dewitt Sullivan Park was named after a former resident of Palmers Crossing and was originally constructed by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors back in 2008.