Rain has hampered construction of Carthage’s new walking trail and splash pad, but City Manager Steve Williams says crews are back at the job and ready to go.

Williams described the situation to officials as a holding pattern at Monday’s City Commission meeting.

“Every time it starts to dry out, we get a big rain,” Williams said when talking about the walking trail. “So they were back working today getting ready to pour some concrete there.”

The city expects to open the trail around the first of September.

The trailhead begins at a small parking lot beside the Panola County Appraisal District and EMS buildings at the ballpark, and it will wind throughout the woods for about three-fourths of a mile. The new trail will include benches, tables and a water fountain. The project’s Phase Two, if a state grant is awarded, includes taking the trail down past the softball fields, around the soccer fields and over to the Carthage Civic Center.

Over at Davis Park, Williams said the concrete for the new splash pad has been poured, and crews were supposed to start painting it this week.

“It’ll have to cure for a week or so, so in the next week or two, they’ll be putting all the different pieces on that on there,” Williams said. “So hopefully we’ll get that open soon, maybe by the first part of August we should be able to open that up.”

The new splash pad will be at Davis Park by the playground area and toward the front of the Davis Community House. The city is still raising money towards the splash pad project, having reached more than $75,000 of its $100,000 goal.

“It’s coming along,” Williams said. “Everything’s going well.”



Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.