Jackson's Greatest Hidden Gem Needs Your Help
Grab your working gloves, a water bottle, some boots, and help clean one of Jackson's greatest assets.
On the edge of the city of Jackson lies Buddy Butts Park, a large multi-recreational park. Past the putting range is an old rusty water tower that marks the start of one of the country's greatest engineering projects. Buddy Butts Park is home a massive concrete scale model that maps two-thirds of the continental United States. Built during World War II, the model was used to measure the water levels and flooding of the Mississippi River Basin. Once the Army Corp of Engineers no longer needed the model, they donated the model and the land to the City of Jackson. Maintaining the model is a large expense that the city could not afford, so the model fell into disrepair.
Now, a non-profit Friends of the Mississippi River Basin Model has adopted the model and begun a process to clean-up the model as they apply for National Civil Engineering Landmark status, apply for grants, and raise money to restore the model and build a STEM education center.
On June 17, 2017, there will be a volunteer clean up at Buddy Butts Park from 8:00 am - noon. For more information, go to their Facebook event page. Follow the Friends of the Mississippi River Basin model on Facebook to find out when the monthly clean up days will be held.