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New Tupelo park: nature, cross-country, Elvis


The Associated Press



TUPELO -- Tupelo's new nature trail passes by a pond where, according to legend, the young Elvis Presley and his friends once skinny-dipped.  


The Tupelo Garden Club plans to make an overlook there, to bring in Elvis tourism, Mayor Jack Reed Jr. told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.  


For now, the Music Bend Nature Trail is also a 4-kilometer and 5-kilometer cross-country running track.  


The trail begins on Veterans Boulevard next to Tupelo's dog park.  


The city allotted $50,000 for the park, its 20th. So far, $25,000 has been spent on initial construction. 


Parks and Recreation Director Don Lewis said planners want to build bridges and overlooks along the trail, as well as continue to spruce it up. 


"I think it was an excellent trail," said David Neilsen, 66, of Tupelo, one of the earlier finishers in the trail's inaugural 4k run Saturday. "I'm starting a walking group and we'll definitely use it for the walking group, but it's a good running trail too. It's got a couple of little surprises in it, which is neat, but for the most part it's really smooth and welldone." 


Fans who visit to daydream about Elvis the star would be thinking of the wrong era. His first movie was made after he got out of the Army. The Presleys left Tupelo for Memphis when Elvis was 13.  





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