Construction of a new Katrina Trail at Beach Park began Tuesday, with the completion date expected before the storm's five-year anniversary on Aug. 29.
“The new ‘ Katrina Trail ’ project will begin on the west side of the playground and meander by the canal in the park before connecting with the existing sidewalks to the south,” Darcie Crew, the city's Parks & Recreation director. “To complete the loop, repairs will be made to the existing sidewalk during construction.”
Signage for the trail along the project will focus on fitness and active lifestyles with Hurricane Katrina facts from Pascagoula along the way.
“Beach Parkwent underwater during Katrina so it’s fitting that the trail be placed there and it complements the Katrina Monumentunveiled at the one year anniversary of the storm,” said Ward 4 Councilman Frank Corder. “Once completed, the trail will become a great addition to the facility, insuring we remember our past while walking to a healthier future.”
Sponsors of the new “ Katrina Trail ” include: Charter Bank, Chevron, First Federal, Fletcher Construction, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Singing River Federal Credit Union, Singing River Health Systems and The Bacot/McCarty Foundation.
Inspiration for the new trail can be found on the Katrina Monument within Beach Park that reads, "May the winds of destruction and the waves of sorrow forever remind us of the opportunity and hope we have found – Frank Corder.”
For more information about the trail project call the Parks and Recreation Department at (228) 938-2356.