Petal River Park, new walking track


PETAL, Miss. - Petal River Park is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, but this park is getting an upgrade that will benefit those who cannot really hike or bike a trail.

Valerie Wilson, Executive director of Petal Area Chamber of Commerce said, "Mississippi Wildlife, and Fisheries, and Parks have awarded us a $100,000 grant to allow us to put in a walking track that will be ADA accessible."

Handicap parking will also be available.

"This will allow mothers with their children to go out there in their strollers, anybody in a wheelchair can go out there, and even those people that maybe aren't quite up to the rigors of our trail system can go out there and still experience the outdoors," said Wilson.

The compressed limestone walking track will be around a half-mile long.

"It's so difficult now for a lot of people, particularly those with any kind of disability to get outside and really enjoy nature. And this park is for everybody. We want this park to be something from the youngest child to the oldest individual can take advantage of it," said Wilson.

Wilson said the work on the walking track should get started within 90 days and she expects the track to be finished within two months.

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