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Pontotoc prepares for Tanglefoot Trail

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 8/29/2013 6:23 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Tanglefoot Trail is almost ready to go in Pontotoc, and officials are clearing adjacent property in anticipation.

"We hope one day to have this developed into a park that cannot only provide access for people that are on the trail but also for our citizens for picnics, for school activities. We hope to have an interpretive area," said Ellen Russell, the director of the Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce.

The Tanglefoot Trail is located just off of the square in downtown.

The proposed park is a step in the right direction, she says, but another question is how to get bikers who travel the trail into the downtown area.

"We got a semester-long project to help out the city of Pontotoc," said Travis Crabtree, a Mississippi State University landscape architecture student.

All day long, Crabtree and other students looked at places to see how they can help the city take advantage of Tanglefoot Trail. 

Part of their incentive is making a grade, and part of it is giving the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce some ideas.

"We've come up to Pontotoc to look at potential for an urban park down along the Tanglefoot Trail. They're going to be looking at tying that park up to the Farmer's Market and up to Main Street," said Taze Fulford, a landscape architecture professor at Mississippi State.

"Yeah, Pontotoc's a great town. It's got lots of potential," said Crabtree.

The students will study the area over the next 14 weeks.

"The whole idea behind this is to give students a real-world practical experience. With our job with the Stennis Institute, we work with communities all over state, and we see a variety of needs. And many of those have planning or design-related issues," replied Joe Fratesi, an MSU employee who works for the Stennis Institute.

Chamber of Commerce officials say that the students' services are being provided free of charge.
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