With new ownership come changes to McLeod Park

With new ownership come changes to McLeod Park

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Parks and campgrounds are always a popular getaway during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. McLeod Park in Hancock County is no exception.
However, visitors at the park will soon feel the winds of change.

The beautiful Jourdan River runs right through the middle of McLeod Park, but that's just one of the park's attractions.

"What we love about it, first of all, it's kind of secluded, so the kids are away from the campers. Which, I really like that. Second, it's easy access and there's a lot for the kids to do," said Jennifer Carter of Diamondhead.

Some of those family friendly features include a large playground, a splash pad, flotation rentals, and fishing opportunities.

"It's an easy staycation away from home," said Jennifer Ladner of Hancock County.

And it will soon be totally run by local elected leaders. The Hancock County Board of Supervisors is set to take over ownership of McLeod Park from the Pearl River Basin, which has owned the property for decades.

"There is an agreement in place and the Pearl River Basin has agreed to give ownership to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors," explained Hancock County Recreation Director Kevin Ladner.

It's a move Ladner says will save the taxpayers a lot of money.

"It's actually going to be a savings to the taxpayers of over $100,000 a year," said Ladner.

And along with new ownership come future park improvements, like the 50 new campsites slated to go in along the riverfront.

"They are finalizing the plans, doing the electrical and sewer plans. We have the funding through tidelands available already designated for that project."

The board of supervisors should take over ownership of McLeod Park in July, once all the paperwork is finalized.

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