Jackson County offers free recreation during tough financial times

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Contractors at Lum Cumbust Park in Hurley are laying the foundation for a new interactive splash pad. The hope is to give kids a splash of fun and excitement during the hot summer months.

"There is a big demand for recreation," Jackson County Recreational Director Jack Hamilton said.

The need for free hangout spots has growing since the economy has been in a slump. Hamilton said the county is investing more than $1 million in recreation to build three new splash pads, new tennis courts, and a boat launch. County employees have also installed new playground equipment at six new parks.

"It is a rough time for everybody. And I think for parents to bring the children out and just get away from the hectic things that are going on nowadays."

A state-of-the-art park was just built at Joseph Avenue in Moss Point. That's in Supervisor Melton Harris' district. He's confident it will be a money saver for families.

"You don't have to be involved in those most expensive activities. Everyone likes to go to Disney World and go to those type sites that cost quite a few dollars, but you can find things locally you can do with your family," Harris said.

Harris said the county is hoping to open even more facilities in the future to enhance the quality of life.

"We have some other sites that we want to set up equipment to give the parents and kids a place to enjoy themselves. Nothing is better than to sit in a position and watch those kids having a lot of fun."

The work should be completed by the summer.

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