WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Steele and Slater Sangster tried out the slide, climbing rock wall, and fun games. They were among the first to try out the new playground equipment on Wednesday. Their mom was just as thrilled to have such a beautiful play area for children.
"We're always hunting for places to go to get them outside and get them playing and skating," Jodie Sangster said. "I think it's wonderful."
The new Reynolds Field Recreation Complex gives youth football and soccer teams in Stone County and Wiggins a place to practice, play, and be proud to call their own.
"They have never had a home," Stone County-Wiggins Recreation Director Tom Jellison said. "I mean, these kids have played on the outfield of a baseball field, played on an old football field. They played out here when it was nothing. Now they got a home."
The ten-acre property also features a skate park, walking trail, and pavilion with barbeque grills, picnic tables, and rest rooms. It is truly a field of dreams for the mayor of Wiggins.
"This is a dream come true for me," Mayor Jerry Alexander said. "This is my favorite project of all the projects we've done in Wiggins. I guess because when I was a youngster, we didn't have any recreation in Wiggins."
At one point, the mayor became emotional.
"It's just so exciting. I just can't help it. It's just an exciting time for us," he said.
Soon, the Reynolds Complex will become an even bigger recreation destination. The city is in the process of building a bike and pedestrian pathway that will connect Reynolds Field with Blaylock Park and Flint Creek Water Park.
"We hope people will come to Flint Creek, come over here and enjoy this facility. Just something the whole family can enjoy," Alexander said.
The Reynolds Complex was funded by a $1.4 million Mississippi Development Authority grant. It is named for city alderman Buck Reynolds, who served four terms until his death in 1997.