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Park Controversy in Madison County

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Sulphur Springs Park is being built on 64 acres in northeastern Madison County. Sulphur Springs Park is being built on 64 acres in northeastern Madison County.
A new park, Sulphur Springs Park, is being built on 64 acres in north eastern Madison County.

The site, located at the intersection of Sulphur Springs Road and highway 17, was purchased back in 2009 and the first two phases of the site are expected to be done by December. However, this park is not all fun and games for everyone in the county.

"It's going to be the same thing, empty. In Ridgeland they have a couple parks and in Madison they have two and that will be enough for Madison County," says Madison County resident, Abdalash Shalibi.  

According to Madison County engineers working on the site, there will be a health and wellness trail, playground, picnic area with pavilions, a boat launch and two piers on a man-made lake.

"This is the best thing to happen to this community," says George Cole, resident of Madison County.  

Officials say they are building this park because there isn't a recreational park for residents in this part of the county.

"Why not build more facilities to get Madison County people moving to lose weight and stay healthy," says Paul Griffin, District 5 supervisor for Madison County.

Some residents in this county say their tax money should go towards fixing up parks that are already built.

"We have park on highway 51, clean it before building another one," says Shalibi.

There will also be a phase three of this park that will include soccer, baseball and softball fields.

However, officials say more funding is needed to begin this phase.

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