The city of Hoxie has been selected to receive a $250,000 matching grant from Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism to develop a new city park.

Hoxie Mayor Dennis Coggins said land donated to the city for the park will be used to match the $250,000 received from the Outdoor Recreation Grant program.

Coggins and his wife traded land with the county and then donated the land they received on Annie Street to be used to develop the park, which will be adjacent to the Lawrence County Rail-Trail walking and biking path.

“The county judge and the quorum court really helped with this project,” Coggins said. “Everyone worked with us.”

Plans for the park include a basketball court, playground equipment, bathrooms and parking.

Coggins said they realize that while $250,000 is a lot of money, it will go quickly, and there will continue to be costs to maintain the park.

“We are going to start putting $500 a month back each month for the park program,” he said.

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