Something cool and refreshing is coming to the city.

Crossroads Regional Park is set to break ground on a much-anticipated splash pad. The event is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, on the east side of the ball complex on Droke Road.

The design is still being worked out, but Park Director Robin Baker is ready to let the community know it is definitely coming, along with some other park upgrades.

“We’re looking at a splash pad with water features,” she said. “We’re looking at some pavilions around it so we can have birthday parties and celebrations. There will be a restroom building. We’re also looking at adding a restroom building over by the tennis courts and soccer field and some additional picnic pavilions around the park.”

It is made possible by funding allocated at the state level in 2020 for upgrades at the park.

Crossroads Regional Park leaders have visited splash pads throughout the region in places such as Booneville, Selmer, Tupelo and Savannah to get some ideas of things to do or not do. Baker said the park intends to have some design elements reflecting the Corinth area.

Talk of a splash pad has percolated for several years among various entities. The aquatic play areas are among the top five additions being made to parks nationwide.

“It’s enjoyable to go and sit on a bench that the mist hits you and cools you off, and you can watch your kids play,” said Baker. “It’s something all ages will enjoy.”

The park plans to offer times for free community play and times when a small fee may be charged.

It is something the community has been asking for, and Baker said the park is looking to do it right.

“I think we’ll get a lot of participation,” she said.

In a separate project, the park is on the verge of adding outdoor fitness equipment at the walking trail.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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