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Clarksdale Beautification Leader Nell Smith is raising funds to re-connect the Sunflower Riverwalk Staircase before Juke Joint Festival.

I promised Nell I would help her with her fundraising effort which will be used to pay Ed Winkel to rebuild sidewalk and then add the missing section of stairs. The city of Clarksdale will provde materials. Quapaw Canoe Company donated $250 (for obvious reasons -- we are next door to this park!) I have gone to all our neighbors up & down Sunflower & 3rd. See Press Register article below. Send any donations to:

Clarksdale Beautification

408 Westover Drive

Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614

Smith working for park improvements

The Press Register
Friday, March 4, 2011 8:19 AM CST
Known for her years of beautification projects in Clarksdale, Nell Smith is back on the job – this time planning some improvements to two downtown parks.

Smith got the approval of the Clarksdale Board of Mayor and Commissioners Monday night to proceed with securing cost estimates for refurbishing the Sunflower River Walk and Kremser Park along Sunflower Avenue.

“You get the figures and give them to (city engineer) Arch (Corley),” Mayor Henry Espy instructed.

Smith did a walk through Tuesday with Ed Winkel, Pamela McMillan and Ellen Booth at the Sunflower River Walk.

“We raised $20,000 for this park years ago,” Smith said, pointing to the wrought iron sign and fence, concrete patio and water fountain.

Winkel told the women the sidewalk and stairway leading to the wooden decking would have to be replaced. Smith plans to approach the board again about restoring the non-functioning water fountain.

Smith pointed out that refurbishing the river walk would further enhance the on-going work on the Sunflower River.

The Sunflower River weir project is under way. A walkway will be built on the east side of the river similar to the one off Riverside Drive.

Refurbishing Kremser Park will involve less work and expense.

McMillan and Booth are placing signs at several sites in Clarksdale where daffodils have been planted – a project initiated by the Clarksdale Garden Club.

“We‘ve planted 4,000 bulbs,” McMillan said. “The (Yazoo Mississippi Delta) Levee Board handled the digging.”

Larry E. Binz is a reporter for the Press Register and can be reached at 662-627-2201 or at