HATTIESBURG, MS - The city of Hattiesburg planted the 50th tree at the Duncan Lake Park. It was all to continue restoring one area the January 21 tornado wreaked havoc on.
The pavilion lost its roof, lighting around the track, and half of its tree coverage. The mayor and director of parks and recreation are proud to show the community they're still turning over a new leaf after the storm.
"This completes a restoration piece of the puzzle," said Mayor Toby Barker. "We're bringing Duncan Lake Park back where is can be serviceable to the public and enjoyed by our community."
"It means a lot. This is the first step of restoring all of our parks," said Ronnie Perkins, Director of Parks and Wildlife. "We started with this park since it's in the center of Hattiesburg. We're going to do better and do some other things to improve our parks and recreation."
The city invites the community to go out and enjoy the park. It's just southeast of downtown Hattiesburg on James Street.