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SURRATT: Levee Avenue enhancements, bike path improve attract to vacationers – The Vicksburg Submit

Enhancements to Levee Avenue and bicycle trails: these two subjects had been on Monday’s agenda for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Whereas they could appear frivolous within the grand scheme of issues, each initiatives are vital if our metropolis is to develop, and I can anticipate the questions “What?” and “Why?” and some well-placed expletives that can’t be talked about on this column.

Right here’s the reply, which I hope meets with skeptics’ approval. It in all probability gained’t, however I’ll give it a attempt anyway.

It doesn’t take lengthy for somebody to dwell right here and understand our best asset is the Mississippi River and Vicksburg’s historical past and tradition, and tourism is our largest business. Individuals come right here from different states and European international locations to go to our museums, tour the Vicksburg Nationwide Army Park and study our metropolis’s hyperlink with The Blues.

Tour boats cease within the metropolis so passengers can take within the museums to see the place Coca-Cola was first bottled,  study concerning the metropolis’s heritage and its folks and study concerning the Siege of Vicksburg. Vehicles and buses convey folks from throughout the nation to spend time doing the identical factor as our guests from the boats and most often, keep longer as a result of they don’t have to fret a couple of departure time.

A few of our guests are right here as a result of their kids are concerned with a baseball or softball match at Sports activities Pressure Parks on the Mississippi and make the facet journeys to the Army Park and the Museums as a diversion from being on the ballpark.

Enhancements to Levee Avenue, like new and refurbished sidewalks, a brand new parking space for the Outdated Depot Museum, improved lighting and areas for bus parking are vital options, not only for the boat passengers however for vacationers eager to get a better take a look at the water and tour the depot.

The bicycle trails signify an entire new subject for town. Whereas town has a number of historic strolling trails round city, there are presently no provisions for somebody to soundly trip a bicycle on metropolis streets — and if there may be one unknown truth about Vicksburg, it’s town has a number of biking lovers. If you happen to suppose that sounds far-fetched, come out for the beginning of the following Bricks and Spokes trip within the fall and see how many individuals are lined as much as go.

Town is made for biking. Site visitors on the inner-city streets is gentle and town’s hills make it a difficult trip. The Army Park’s tour roads are marked off for bicycles and are devoid of great site visitors points. The surroundings within the park is gorgeous and, aside from the occasional ordnance demonstrations, it’s peaceable and there are alternatives to cease and benefit from the work on show in what has been referred to as “the artwork park of the world.”

Vicksburg has a proud historical past that’s numerous and exquisite and we have to present it off to the world. However to try this, we should make our metropolis extra tourist-friendly and meaning bettering areas like Levee Avenue and putting in bike paths so we will provide guests a higher expertise than driving round city to see the sights.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State College with a level basically research. He has labored as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Submit workers since 2011 and covers metropolis authorities. He and his spouse attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he’s a member of the Port Metropolis Kiwanis Membership.

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