Desoto County News

Southaven starts Central Park improvements

Photo: Central Park in Southaven (Mayor Musselwhite on Facebook)

Last year, Southaven began a major $2.8 million project to enhance neighborhood parks with walking trails, pavilions, and upgraded playgrounds.  

Of these 11 parks, Central Park is the largest segment as a key piece to the largest pedestrian path in the history of the city connecting other multi-use trails or pedestrian lanes from Airways to Malone.  The new 10-foot wide multi-use trail will travel through the entire park from Swinnea to Tchulahoma connecting to the existing trail there that leads southward to May Blvd. 

“In addition, the existing walkways through the wooded areas are being replaced; a pavilion added; and the new playground on the western end replaced,” said Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite in his Mayor’s Report blog post.  The main playground in the center of the park was replaced three years ago.

Musselwhite said the project, funded completely by tourism taxes, is expected to be completed by early summer.  

“It will enhance the park experience for the citizens and ensure that it remains a key piece of the parks program for many years into the future,” Musselwhite said.