Some new additions are on the way to Meridian's oldest park. At least two of the attractions cater to children and the third to people of all ages. Of those new additions, one would involve a new class for young people this summer and the other two involve more permanent fixtures.
By the end of next month, one of those features could be open at Highland Park; it's a 9 hole disc golf course.
"I've been working with Joe Norwood with the board of supervisors and the East Mississippi Disc Golf Association," says Meridian Parks and Recreation Director, Mark Naylor. "Disc golf is a big thing for a lot of people. The disc are not as big as a frisbee but there are discs that they play and there are baskets and targets that they shoot at and that's going to be free as long as they have a disc and we're going to be providing those when we finally do have the grand opening."
Currently, the plan is to set up the 9 hole disc golf course behind the administrative office in Highland Park. It's set to cross the creek which flows next to the park. If this game takes off in popularity, officials say they plan to add even more holes to the course.
Meanwhile, efforts are also being made to open a splash pad at the park.
'Kids come out and water sprays up and there'll be features where you go underneath and water dumps on you," says Naylor. "You'll see them sometimes in downtown in parks, and the water goes down into a system and recirculates and continually sprays."
Naylor projects that the splash pad will likely be about the size of a tennis court. At this time, the plan is to possibly locate it between the Carousel House and swimming pool.
The price tag for the splash pad is about $250,000 and $3,000 for the disc golf course. Road recreation bond money for Lauderdale County is being used to pay for both projects. Once in place, the city of Meridian will handle the maintenance.
If all goes well, Naylor says the grand opening for the disc golf course will be held at the end of April, and this will be followed by the grand opening for the splash pad in early June.
This summer the Meridian Parks & Recreation Department is also working on a plan to offer a dance and cheer class for kids at the Frank Cochran Center. Those plans are not yet finalized. For more information about classes that are offered through the Meridian Parks & Recreation Department call (601) 485-1802.