For one day only, officials are allowing relic hunters to metal detect on city property.
It’s the idea behind the city’s latest fundraiser, Finders Keepers.
“We had so many calls asking us to allow metal detecting on the new park property, so the Board of Alderman decided to do it for one day only as a park fundraiser,” said City Clerk Debbie Jackson. “Now people are going crazy. They are really excited to get this opportunity.”
Relic hunters and metal detecting enthusiasts will be allowed to hunt for buried treasure on the proposed park site on Saturday only.
Jackson said a permit is required to hunt.
“People can purchase a permit on Thursday or Friday at city hall,” she said. “Cost is $10 with all funds going back to support the park.”
The permit is non-transferable, and is required by anyone entering the property, including children accompanying adults.
“Items found can be kept by the hunter or donated to the city,” added Jackson.
Phones at city hall have “been ringing off the hook”, according to the city clerk.
“Apparently cities and towns rarely allow people to hunt on their land,” said Jackson. “It’s a pretty unique deal for us.”
The city acquired the land in October 2016 and announced plans to build a municipal park.
Located off County Road 206 also known as the Kimberly-Clark Parkway, the pastoral 24-acre property will soon be developed with a walking trail, veterans memorial garden, pavilion and restrooms. It is located across from the Joel Bridges property where there is a lake alongside the road.
(For more information, contact 662-665-9647.)