In the spring of 2007, the Small Town Center (STC) at Mississippi State University taught the CREATE Common Ground: Fulton seminar where students made proposals for improving the downtown. Following the seminar, the city of Fulton decided to move forward with a park and pavilion design proposed by student Charles Barry. The STC provided a site plan and further refined the design to create construction documents. Years later, the project was funded in part by a generous benefactor who grew up in Fulton but later moved away. This donation allowed Fulton to implement the vibrant downtown park that exists today.