Representatives from Mississippi State University's Carl Small Town Center met Thursday afternoon with representatives from the park and Corinth Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to discuss ideas determined by surveys collected during the last several weeks.
“This is not our plans,” said park commission chairman Butch Carmichiel. “We will, however, definitely try to combine some of the ideas presented by the Small Town Center folks.”
According to architecture intern Hannah Waycaster, surveys were collected both in person at the park and online.
“We have two proposed layouts,” said Waycaster. “One is more softball based, while the second is more soccer based.”
The softball based layout proposes the constructing of four new softball fields on the newly purchased land off Droke Road. The area would also include seven soccer fields.
“We purpose the main entrance to the park be moved from it’s current location on Parkway to Droke Road beside what would be the new softball and soccer fields,” added Waycaster. “Clark Street would be widened and a nice sized paved parking lot would be added. Larger park pavilion areas would be added in front of the new fields.”
The soccer based layout would include two new softball fields and 11 soccer fields.
According to Carl Small Town Center Director John Poros, the number of fields would enable the park to host soccer tournaments.
“After talking with the Mississippi Soccer Association, I learned there are a lot of people who want to play soccer in Corinth, but just don’t have the option,” said Poros.
Other purposed additions to the park include a swimming pool and splash pad.
“A lot of people surveyed are interested in having more of a variety of activities at the park,” said Waycaster. “A swimming pool and splash pad were very popular and have done well at other parks in the area.”
A outdoor theatre is also being purposed by MSU. The area would be similar to the outdoor stage at Ballard Park in Tupelo.
“Hannah and John did a great job providing us some different perspectives on park improvements,” said tourism president Russell Smith. “I think it’s important to balance what the community wants with what’s best for tourism and what the park already has plans for.”