JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Jackson County facility's newest addition might bring in more revenue. At least, that's what county leaders are hoping for. The brand new RV park may be what the county needs to host more events.
It's been more than a decade since the Jackson County Board of Supervisors built a 60,000-square-foot covered arena off Hwy. 57. Back then, plans were in the works for more.
"We were looking to expand. We just didn't know exactly, at that time, which direction we would go," said county recreation director Jack Hamilton.
Now, that expansion has taken the form of a 46-site RV park. The arena hosts several events throughout the year, including a rodeo and equestrian shows, but county leaders knew there was potential for more.
"This will allow them to park here, take the horses, and be right over at the arena, and everything will be close by for them. So, we hope that generates more revenue in the long run, because we're going to make it convenient for them to use the facility and stay at the facility," said Supervisor Randy Bosarge.
Bosarge said the idea for a place to stay came from arena visitors.
"There's a demand for it, from what I've been told. So, I hope that pans out and we're able to attract more events," said Bosarge.
Events are already being booked now that the park is open for business. Robert Morel is the first person to stay here. He's getting ready for a big mud riding show over the weekend.
"This is one of the nicest facilities we've come to around where this area is. They did a very good job with this county," said Morel.
Morel knows from experience the convenience of having accommodations this close to a venue.
"It's so much better, because you don't have to drive to a hotel. They can bring it here, stay right here, and you get more clientele that way," said Morel.