Media representatives put down their microphones and pens and picked up some heavier work supplies during the Monument Park Media work day Friday.
"This is just another step in the process," said Danielle Winningham, director of marketing for the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. "We've been working on this park since November, having work days set. And it started as one a month, but we are trying to get more involvement."
And that's where the media comes in. Instead of just reporting on the work, organizers thought the reporters and radio personalities could lead by example. And we were happy to help.
"The game plan is try and get it poured and smoothed out and quickly as possible," said Scott Stevens of V93.5 Radio.
Chances are most people don't have any concrete pouring experience. I know I don't. But organizers say this is the point. They want you to get hands on, maybe learn a skill and have a little fun.
"It's good to build a community and get your hands in the soil of the community," said Sharkey of 97OKK Radio. "Do your part of it."
"I just figured if we got the media involved, if they have a vested interest, then we could get continued support, not just from the media but the public in general," said Winningham.
The concrete was poured around the park Friday, but there is plenty of work left to be done. An irrigation system will have to be installed, and plants and flowers will need to be added. But if getting your hands dirty isn't an option, you may also help fund the park by purchasing a personalized brick that will be permanently placed there.
"I bought a brick in my grandfather's honor, because when I was little, he would bring me downtown," said Laura Davis of the EMBDC Image Committee. "And that is a way I can remember him and have that piece of downtown.
Bricks may be purchased for $20, $35 and $50. The price depends on how many lines you wish to have engraved. To access an order form, click on the link below.