Funding request to convert land in Columbus into man-made beach, park denied

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COLUMBUS, Mississippi — A request for money to convert land west of the Tombigbee River on The Island in Columbus into a man-made beach and park has been denied.

In May, the city unveiled a design plan for a 5-acre parcel. River Island Park would include a beach front, sloped concrete sidewalk, stairs and a boardwalk.

The city applied for a $61,450 grant through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The total cost of the project is $122,900.

Wildlife agency grant administrator Jean Caraway tells The Commercial Dispatch ( the grant wasn't forwarded to the National Park Service because the request was for access to the site not for recreational purposes.

The city plans to pursue funding next year.

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch,

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