March 7th, 2012

Possible Jones Park sponsorships raise concerns

By Rebecca Powers

Should a public park have paid sponsors’ names on some city owned structures or special event fencing?

Some in Gulfport’s administration say doing that in Jones Park is a great way to generate much needed revenue. But others say it smacks of commercialism.

Once Jones Park renovations are complete, the people of Gulfport will have a brand new upgraded harbor and park to enjoy. It will include new rest areas, pavilions, an amphitheater, splash pad and more. Gulfport City Spokesman Ryan Lafontaine says the largest structure will bear a name of a generous donor.

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