As Belhaven moved into its second century, the Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) and neighbors focused on the green spaces that make the neighborhood inviting. GBF led an extensive renovation of Belhaven Park, transforming a forgotten city park at the intersection of Poplar and Kenwood into an intimate urban oasis.
A committee of neighbors, chaired by landscape architect and Overton Moore, developed plans for the park and built a partnership with investors including Entergy, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Jackson, and generous individuals. Thanks to their work, Belhaven Park now features new sidewalks, landscaping, fencing and lighting, a stage, seating, and (thanks to an Eagle Scout project) even doggy relief stations.
This beautiful park is home to an arts series that includes Shakespeare in the Park and the Community Holiday Sing, as well as Pumpkins in the Park, outdoor movies, and more. It’s also at the heart of Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights each August.
Aside from special events, Belhaven Park provides a space where neighbors can visit, enjoy native plants and flowers, and take in an open-air concert or play. It has become a daily stop for walkers and strollers, and has helped to improve property values along Poplar Boulevard and transform this area into a safe and warm environment.
Belhaven Park is maintained by a partnership between GBF and the City of Jackson, and we welcome help from neighbors interested in contributing to its maintenance or landscaping, or in sponsoring events in the park.