Renovation concept mapped out

Published 12:12 am Thursday, May 21, 2015

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Board of Aldermen held a special meeting Tuesday to map out an action plan for renovations at Duncan Park.

During the meeting, Brown mapped out for aldermen his concept for renovations to the vacant plantation barn at Duncan Park.

Brown said he would like to see the 2,100 square feet barn converted into a tennis shop, concession stand and restroom area.

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“What we’re doing is taking the appearance of the barn and making it into this (complex),” Brown said. “There has been some talk about even adding some showers into the restroom.”

No bids have been made for the complex.

Brown guessed it would cost approximately $100 for each square foot renovated at the barn.

Aldermen Dan Dillard and Mark Fortenbery voiced support for the renovation.

“Duncan Park, I’ve always said a little money out there will go a long way,” Fortenbery said. “If you spend a little bit of money, you would be surprised with what you get out of it.”

Dillard said by offering more recreational outlets — especially more tennis courts — at Duncan Park, the city would be able to attract more adults to the park.

“These adults, they’re in their 40s and 50s, and they have money to spend. They’ll come and stay in the hotels, and they’ll eat in the restaurants,” Dillard said. “It does have an economic aspect to it, and I think we need to realize that.”

The next step in the planning process, Butch said, is for the board to meet with the Natchez-Adams County Recreation Commission.

“I am concerned about the timeline,” Brown admitted. “The revamping, remodeling of the baseball fields, and the complex — it needs to happen.”

The board is scheduled to further discuss plans for Duncan Park at their next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday in the city council chambers, 115 S. Pearl St.