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Updated: 8/13/2013 8:58 am
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) — Pontotoc is moving forward with plans of constructing a new park with the help of a little recycling.

The park will be constructed on a ten acre site at the corner of West Reynolds Street and College Street. It will offer WiFi and other modern amenities.

"Anywhere from a splash pad, an RV Park, and basketball courts. The door is open right now. We're going to get the community involved," said Mayor Jeff Stafford.

City officials hope the new park will attract visitors to Pontotoc to take part in outdoor recreational activities.

"We can make this better not just for downtown, but for all the surrounding areas. The people that live in the county, the people that live in the surrounding counties and will have people from out of state that will want to come here," said Harrison Caldwell, a Pontotoc resident.

The city will save money on the project by bringing down a vacated warehouse. The warehouse will come down piece by piece instead of bulldozing the warehouse. City officials say material from the warehouse can go towards the park.

"Inside this old cotton warehouse there are 25 to 30 foot oak beams, some solid beams that are six by six," adds Stafford. "It's got a lot of character in it. We want to build the Gateway out of some of these beams."

The city hopes to entice large groups of people because the park would be located next to the Tanglefoot Trail.

"If we can spruce this up so it's an attractive area, you'll have bike riders that will come to Pontotoc," said Caldwell.

If all goes as planned, the new park is expected to be open sometime next summer.
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