Neighborhood leaders give residents overview of goals and plans for LeFleur EastBy ANTHONY WARREN,
Beautification, safety and well-being were among topics front and center at the first LeFleur East Summit.
About 150 people attended the first of its kind meeting, where neighborhood leaders gave an overview of area happenings and long-term goals for the community.
The meeting was held at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on Lakeland Drive.
LeFleur East board president Clay Hays talked about the foundation’s efforts to beautify the area, improve safety and provide for more outside recreational activities, such as the creation and expansion of trails.
“It’s home, not just home to our businesses and neighbors, but home to our families,” he said.
As for safety, Hays said there are at least 50 different surveillance cameras scattered throughout the area. “Eastover has their cameras. Meadowbrook Highlands has cameras. LOHO, we’re helping them get cameras,” he said. “What do you need to make the cameras work better together? If we create a network, all of a sudden we have great safety and opportunities to help each other.”
As for beautification, the foundation has worked to clean up sidewalks along Ridgewood Road, as well as beautify medians along Lakeland Drive and I-55 North.
LeFleur East is now working to obtain a grant to add additional plantings along Lakeland from the Quarter shopping center to the Pearl River.
He also talked about the completion of the LeFleur East Trail on Eastover Drive, as well as hopes to extend the trail south to connect with the Museum to Market Trail, and to tie in to Jamie Fowler Boyll Park.
LeFleur East runs from Old Canton Road in the north to the LeFleur Museum District in the south. East to west, it runs from the Pearl River to I-55. It takes in approximately 2,600 homes in 22 neighborhoods and 300 businesses.
Hays urged those in attendance to continue to stay involved and to get more involved in making their neighborhood an even greater place.
“There are a lot of folks,” he said. “There’s a lot we can do for our city.”