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December 7, 2023- For Immediate Release
Ocean Springs, MS – Renovations and restorations are now complete at Marble Springs Park, located at 1109 Iberville Drive. The City of Ocean Springs was awarded a grant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (MGCNHA) to renovate and restore Marble Springs Park. The City of Ocean Springs will host a rededication and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Restoration of the park included repairs to the gazebo, marble tubs, walkways, historic jail cell, improved landscaping, and the addition of a new information kiosk.
The property has a fascinating, long, but hidden contribution to the area. The discovery of the mineral springs and construction of the marble baths at the site attracted visitors for treatments in the medicinal waters known to the local Indians as “E Ca Na Cha Ha” (Holy Spring).
This project has improved both the function and beauty of the park while documenting its important history for the community, ensuring that the city’s rich history of tourism and natural attractions are preserved for future generations.
“The Board of Aldermen and I are excited about the renovations to this park. We hope that the improvements to this hidden green space, will encourage more of our residents to visit this park and learn about its history,” said Mayor Kenny Holloway.
The City of Ocean Springs was awarded a $16,500.00 grant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (MGCNHA) for this project. The grant is made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and annual Congressional appropriations to the National Park Services that passes funds through the MS Department of Marine Resources to the MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area. For information on this program, contact Rhonda Price, Heritage Director, (228) 523-4150 or Rhonda.Price@dmr.ms.gov.