TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Keep Tupelo Beautiful has won the 2013 Keep America Beautiful/Lowes $20,000 grant.
The money will be used to help provide a safe outdoor environment in Veterans Park that encourages physical activity, thereby mitigating the health risks and impacts of urban living.
The use of new technology will allow individuals to educate and interpret the natural world and help to avoid boredom associated with a monotonous unchanging routine while exercising.
The money will be used to remove exotic plants and replace with natives along the hiking/biking/running trail, to provide a quality habitat for local wildlife.
Keep Tupelo Beautiful will also install quick response or QR blocks at points of interest that will encourage and expand learning capabilities in identifying nesting areas, champion trees and historic usage.
There are very few sidewalks for pedestrians in Tupelo, so this pathway will allow a much safer route for hikers, runners and cyclists.
Benches, trash receptacles, foot bridges and a boardwalk will add to the comfort of the participants using the trail.
The Department of Parks and Recreation will provide the maintenance, oversee construction and schedule events.
A group called “Friends of the Music Bend Nature Trail” has been formed to solicit funding for the ongoing improvements to the trail.
This group is composed of parents, neighborhood association representatives, businesses and civic groups.