Students build benches for a new park in the area

Starkville, Miss. (WCBI) – Work continues at the Cornerstone Sports Complex in Starkville.

As the crews continue the work, students from Mississippi State University have even helped add some unique pieces to the park.

The Cornerstone Sports Complex is still under construction and although not complete, a few areas have been completed.

With 12 new grass baseball and softball diamonds, a walking path and a playground, Starkville Parks and Rec can’t wait for families to get out and have fun.

Ashli ​​Coggins, head of marketing and sponsorships at Starkville Parks and Rec, says this park was designed for different family interests.

“One thing about the cornerstone that I want people to know is that this provision is flexible, whether it’s sports tourism or community parks and recreation, parents will be prepared to watch their children. and will also be able to take care of other amenities to have a good experience themselves,” Coggins said.

And some of the work incorporates the creativity of students at Mississippi State University School of Architecture. The group decided to build a variety of benches for families in the park.

Coggins says it’s clear that a lot of time, effort and thought went into the design and construction of the benches.

“We were just blown away. They put so much thought into these benches and the thought was applied to people who would actually come here. There are bench designs that would suit a mom with lots of kids or a whole family or just a whole team of kids and we think that’s just another thing that’s unique to Cornerstone,” said Coggins.

Students like Read Robertson and Kasey Losik say they’re happy to help add to the beauty of Starkville.

“There’s been a ton of thinking that’s been put into these benches and there’s been many different design iterations and we’ve gone through it over and over again with professors and I think what we’ve come up with was awesome and I think it’s going to be really big for Starkville,” Robertson said.

“We have a wide variety of models and we hope it will fit many families and people will enjoy them at the park,” Losik said.

And Coggins says it’s about bringing people in and showing love to the community.

“We want people to come here and get a sense of Starkville and we want them to feel like home,” Coggins said.

The park is expected to be completed early next year.

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