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Southaven's Penny for the Parks aims to improve conditions

It's tough to have a picnic without a table, enjoy a park's view without a bench, or play volleyball without a net.  These are problems some Southaven residents have had to deal with in neighborhood parks, but hopefully not for long. It's tough to have a picnic without a table, enjoy a park's view without a bench, or play volleyball without a net. These are problems some Southaven residents have had to deal with in neighborhood parks, but hopefully not for long.

(WMC-TV) - It's tough to have a picnic without a table, enjoy a park's view without a bench, or play volleyball without a net.

These are problems some Southaven residents have had to deal with in neighborhood parks, but hopefully not for long.

"Some equipment wears faster than others, others go lifetimes without wear so this Penny for the Parks initiative will kind of improve those," said Jared Azzone, Southaven's Assistant Parks Director.

Since December, every time you go out to eat in Southaven, one penny for every dollar you spend goes back to the city's parks.

"I believe we will start seeing some of those funds at the end of this month," Azzone said.

The voter-approved Penny for the Parks initiative is expected to generate $1.2 million each year.

"We have 28 different neighborhood parks that we have throughout the city," Azzone said. "Keeping up with all that equipment and all those things that we have is very difficult."

Some of the parks we went to appeared to be in better shape than others, but Azzone says they're all equally important.

"We don't want to continuously improve and continuously improve certain areas and let others fall by the waste side," he said.

Just in case you don't think you'll ever visit a city park, the department plans to use the tax money for new additions too.

"We do have in mind going and looking at an off leash dog park, we're looking at a skate park to be added as well," said Azzone.

Azzone said the department will likely wait until they see how much money has been generated before prioritizing which parks will receive the funds first.

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