PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) — The Tanglefoot Trail has turned out to be a popular attraction in Pontotoc.
"Oh, we're seeing a lot more traffic come into town for the Tanglefoot Trail," said Josh Bramlett, business owner. "I've had people come by on their bikes, and they just want to ride around downtown."
"Since the trail has opened, we have seen an increase in customers," added Susan Brown, business owner. "Especially on Saturday mornings, folks are out biking."
But there's a downside for some local businesses.
There's no parking for the people who use the trail, and they end up parking in front of downtown businesses.
"Parking is very limited in the downtown area, and if it's taken up by people using the trail, then it makes for a problem for the merchants," said Christie Gory, Pontotoc County resident.
To help alleviate the problem, the city actually turned to the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University where students have been working on conceptual plans to address the issue.
"They came up and did a site analysis of the area," said Terry Donaldson, the city's director of parks and recreation.
Preliminary plans call for a new parking lot to be built as part of a new park right off the trail by West Reynolds Street.
"Parking is always a good problem to have," said Ellen Russell, director of the Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce. "We just want to be creative with it and make sure that we have plenty of parking and convenient parking."
Construction on the new park is expected to be completed next year.
The MSU students will unveil their plans Monday night at the Pontotoc Community House at 5:30 p.m.