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Jonesboro residents asked for park input

The city of Jonesboro will hold a public forum Monday to get residents thoughts on what should be done to revitalize Lee Street Park.

The city of Jonesboro will hold a public forum Monday to get residents thoughts on what should be done to revitalize Lee Street Park.

— Should Lee Street Park get a skate park? How about an amphitheater or farmers market stalls? Would a man-made lake be too much to ask for?

Jonesboro officials will hold a public input meeting on the park Monday at 6 p.m. at the Jonesboro Police Department headquarters, 170 South Main St. Residents will get to see a new survey which has been completed of the property and they will have input on ways to revamp the park.

The park has been around for decades but the city had let the county run its operations for more than 50 years. That ended last year when county officials abruptly turned responsibility for the park back over to the city in the midst of messy LOST and service delivery negotiations.

Since then, Jonesboro officials have been preparing to undertake a revitalization of the park so it can be used to host more events.

Mayor Joy Day said there have already been several suggestions including adding a skate park, an amphitheater, farmers market stalls, a walking track and a man-made lake.

She also said the city has reached an agreement with the school system regarding boundary issues at the site. When officials first began to survey the park, they realized that while the park was under the county’s stewardship, the school system built part of its Eula Wilborn Ponds Perry Center for Learning building on a portion of the park property.

Day said the city worked out a deal with the school system where they would trade some land. The city will give the portion of the park the building was built on to the school system. In return, she said, the school system has agreed to give the Perry Center’s tennis courts to the city so it can be added to the park.