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Parks to get ADA upgrades

March 6, 2017 GMT

The vision to make walking tracks at area parks better accessible for everyone has grown stronger. Park officials meet with city leaders and state and local Loins Club members at Crossroads Regional Park recently to put the final touches on a plan dreamed up by local Justice Court Judge Steve Little. “These will be needed improvements,” said Park Director Ray Holloway. “Changes at both Crossroads Regional Park and Bishop Park will make the current walking tracks better accessible for everyone, including the disabled and the vision impaired.” State Loins Club members will seek a $100,000 matching grant for the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Crossroads/Bishop Shared Park project from Lions Club International. The match will come from both local clubs, the Corinth Lions Club and the Corinth Lions Breakfast Club, city and county governments and the Magnolia Foundation. At Crossroads Regional Park, the focus will be accessibility improvements for the track, which would be widened and reconfigured. A planned site map and mile markers would all include Braille text, as well. Holloway is also seeking to add a resting and stretching area, about 10 benches to be situated around the track and outdoor exercise equipment. The track would go to eight feet wide with a center line and a running lane. Several parts of the track would be rerouted to eliminate the intersections with the road that comes into the park. The Bishop Park track would be reconfigured and surfaced. Holloway said once the bidding process is over the two park projects could be completed within six months, weather permitting. Little, who has used the park’s walking track for many years and has a genetic vision disorder — Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, is pushing for the project. “My goal is to make the park’s walking trail low-vision accessible,” said Little. Little said the two local Loins Clubs will launch fundraising for the project next month. Set for Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., club members will hold a roadblock at the intersection of Fulton Drive and Harper Road. “State Loins Club members will also be in town offering eye and diabetic screenings,” added Little. (Staff writer Jebb Johnston contributed to this story.)