Supervisors could take up skate park issue in February

Supervisors could take up skate park issue in February

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After four bids, six months, and no decision, the future of the Harrison County Skate Park on DeBuys Road is still up in the air.

Bids weren't exactly what leaders were looking for, and now there's no telling when the empty park in disrepair will come back to life.

"It does make me sad because I'm not one for failure," said Supervisor Connie Rockco. "I don't like to fail at anything, but when you've tried for 17 years and you've tried just about everything, you kind of lose faith."

Supervisors received four bids in July, each for different purposes: an ice rink, a soccer complex, a skate park, and even a film school. But, each required infrastructure investment by the taxpayers of Harrison County.

"They want us to get it into the shape that it was before," Rockco said. "I just don't think that the county is ready to put a lot more money into the skate park area."

Rockco wants to dump the current bids and start all over again. She wants to lease the property with no commitment for infrastructure repair.

The county owns the building and the property is owned by the Biloxi School District. Revenue is split 50/50. David Nichols says the district is fine with whatever the county wants to do.

"I think they're wise in maybe going back and saying, 'Look, give us a dollar figure,'" Nichols said. "We're not going to do anything with the building. The building is as-is and we don't have a problem with that."

Rockco says selling the property outright could also be an option. Supervisors will likely take up the issue again in February.

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