City of Vicksburg Considers Installing Jumbotron Display, Plans Improvements to Washington Street Park – The Vicksburg Post

City of Vicksburg Considering Installation of Jumbotron Screen, Planning Improvements to Washington Street Park

Posted at 09:02 on Friday, November 11, 2022

Washington Street Park, which in 2021 was considered a condominium development site, is receiving upgrades — including a possible Jumbotron screen — to make it more attractive for events.

The Council of Vicksburg Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday authorized City Clerk Walter Osborne to post bids for the project. City officials expect to open the bids Dec. 19, according to the bid announcement.

“It’s part of the downtown redevelopment (program),” Flaggs said.

Community development manager Jeff Richardson said improvements include upgrading the park’s electrical system, installing a roof over the park’s stage and additional lighting from benches at the back of the park and along the sidewalk facing Washington Street. He said installing a Jumbotron screen would depend on whether the city had enough money in the project budget.

Developed in 2019 at a cost of $146,538, Washington Street Park is a multi-use park at the corner of Jackson and Washington streets that serves as the site for the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market, Christmas in the Park, and other events.

In 2021, Ridgeland developer MidSouth Companies LLC saw the Mulberry Street park and property near the Vicksburg Convention Center as potential sites for condominium development.

The Board in February 2021 approved a resolution declaring the Washington Street Park property and the property adjacent to the Vicksburg Convention Center as surplus property and set a closing date of 30–45 days later.

After seeking several extensions, MidSouth dropped the plans in January.

About John Surratt

John Surratt graduated from Louisiana State University with a General Studies degree. He worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been on staff at the Vicksburg Post since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul’s Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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