Ocean Springs Honored for Park and Beach Plans
On Wednesday, June 30th, the city of Ocean Springs was honored in Biloxi during the Mississippi Municipal League (MML) annual conference. The city's "Front Beach Master Plan and Fort Maurepas Park" was one of the 2010 Municipal Excellence Award winners. The awards presented at the conference "[recognize] cities that utilize innovative problem solving, excellence in management, citizen participation and community partnerships to provide increased services and a better quality of life for local citizens."
Ocean Spring's plan won for cities over 10,000 in the category of Planning and Economic Development. Other categories include Public Safety, Public Works, and City Spirit. Awards are also given out in these four categories for cities under 10,000 citizens.
In the plans for Fort Maurepas Park, the city "[embraced] the principals of new urbanism." Ocean Springs took the former site of a 17th century fort destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and "replaced it with green space, a pavilion, restrooms, ship play structure, picnic areas, outdoor state, eco-parking and historical plaques and a bronze state of d'Iberville" (pictured above). A beach was also created, as well as a lakefront park connecting Biloxi Bridge to Ocean Springs Harbor.
At the Mississippi Municipal League annual conference.
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