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City partners with consultant to plan 84-acre park

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By Randy Bell

A restaurant tax approved in July will generate money for park improvements in Clinton. But the City is also looking farther into the future as it begins work with a consultant to envision a new 84-acre park.


At its July 19 meeting, the Board of Aldermen approved an agreement to pay Design Workshop/Native Habitats $165,465 to guide the City in developing a master plan for the park, which would be located south of I-20 and north of Butts Park. The work to be conducted in four phases over the next year includes an analysis of the site, holding community meetings to get public input on the project, coming up with design alternatives and then a “final vision” of the park.


The company says its goal is to create “a unique regional park aimed at attracting visitors from across the South and beyond.” The design will include an RV park and an office building.


Mayor Phil Fisher says it helps that the consultants are based nearby, in Flora.


“They’ll be able to start getting with us and getting these plans together, explaining the concept.”


Fisher says the naturalistic approach will involve making the best use of the resources at the park site, including a couple of ditches that might otherwise be considered wasted space.


“After we get the plan in a year,” the mayor says, “then we’re going to have to go about deciding this [part of the project] is first, this is second, this is third, and then go about getting the money for it.”


It may take several years to complete the project, but Fisher believes the park will be well worth the effort.


“I look for it to be a very beautiful place.”



EDITOR’S NOTE: Native Habitats Landscape Architecture is located in Flora, Mississippi. Design Workshop is an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm with work spanning the globe and offices across the United States, as well as internationally.

1 Comment

  1. Coleen Nartin on August 11, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    I would love to see a park development in the area mentioned. It would really be great if there could be a lake with public access included in the plans. Clinton has nothing like that.

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