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Plans for Mississippi's new urban natural space released

The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT
The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT
The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT
The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT
The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Source: WLBT
FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Plans for Mississippi’s new and largest urban nature space have been released.

A park that executive director of Wildlife Mississippi James Cummins says will not only provide a getaway for residents, but educate them on untapped resources is coming to the metro soon.

The Fannye Cook Natural Space will span over its 2,700 dedicated acres, that when completed, will be three times bigger than New York City's Central Park.

It stretches from an area near Airport Road in Flowood to the Ross Barnett Reservoir’s Spillway. Cummins expects that more than 80,000 people living within it’s 60 miles will be able to enjoy the space.

“We’ve started working on a lot of the main trail system. In this next year, we will actually be working on the interior trails so we will actually have around 20 miles trails throughout the entire property," Cummins said. "One of the neat things about this property is if you look at a map, we are totally surrounded by city or development, but when you are out here and when there's not a plane not flying by it's peaceful and quiet. The trees just absorb the sound."

The natural space will cost money to develop, and companies like Entergy have stepped in with donations to off-set those costs.

Entergy also erected a eagle nesting structure with its donation of $150,000. That money will go toward the nature space’s boardwalks, trails, wildlife viewing areas, river overlooks, benches, tables and comfort station.

The main plans also include adding a kayak/canoe/boat launches, visitor center and amphitheater to the natural space.

“It’s so important for us to create opportunities, so people can understand the importance of our wilderness and outdoors,” Mississippi Entergy president and CEO, Haley Fisackerly said. “It’s a great recreational opportunity and improves the life for all Mississippians.”

Wildlife Mississippi owns and will manage the site since it is an organization working to develop public access to the mostly-forested site for conservation education and outdoor recreation.

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