Jackson receives $290,000 for Memorial Park project
JACKSON -- The city of Jackson will be receiving $290,000 in state bond funds for Phase I of the Jackson Memorial Park Project, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
JACKSON - The city of Jackson will be receiving $290,000 in state bond funds for Phase I of the Jackson Memorial Park Project, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
Additional community development projects, located in Memorial Park, continue to move forward as well. The Splash’n Jackson committee is over halfway toward its fundraising goal for the Splash Pad project, and the Jackson County Friends of Trails plan to purchase a bike rental station was furthered by a mini-grant and the city's designation as a “Bike Friendly Community.” All three projects complement each other well and will transform the underutilized riverfront into a regional amenity.
The purpose of the Memorial Park Project is to provide a multi-generational regional recreation center for Jackson residents as well as to become a destination for visitors. The park will become an extension of the downtown business district with a connection to the existing trail system. Phase I improvements will provide opportunities for picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, environmental education, nature viewing and other outdoor activities.
The vision for the park is to provide a large gathering space for social activities, natural resource interpretation and reflection the landscape. Included with the long-range redevelopment plan is Memorial Plaza to memorialize Veterans, a performance pavilion, a playground and a picnic shelter.
The Splash’n Jackson Splash Pad project is currently at $192,000 of the $300,000 fundraising goal. The planning committee hopes to finish fundraising by May for a Spring 2019 construction start. The 2,000-square-foot splash pad will be located along the trail by Albertus Field in Memorial Park.
Currently, the bathrooms at Albertus Fields that will be used for Splash Pad patrons are being renovated. The outdated Men’s/Women’s restrooms will be converted to two family-style ADA accessible units with baby changing stations. Bathrooms should be complete by the end of summer 2018.
To donate to the Splash Pad project or learn more about future fundraisers and how to get involved, visit www.facebook.com/jacksonsplash/ .