HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - A pedestrian bridge, an observation deck and a covered amphitheater are just some of the amenities coming to McLeod Park in Hancock County. Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved the $1.5 million expansion.
The park is currently the county’s riverfront campground located along the Jourdan River in Kiln.
The $1.5 million expansion includes completion of new sites, upgrading existing sites, upgrading nature trails and the observation deck, building an additional bathhouse, constructing a pedestrian bridge across the river to access sandbars and creating an outdoor amphitheater for hosting events and festivals.
“The amphitheater will open up the door for festivals for weekend festivals and fill the park of the weekend," said Hancock County Recreation Director Kevin Ladner. "We have land across the river you can only access by boat. The bridge will allow folks access to primitive camping or folks just here for the day.”
Some of the other changes include additions to the 121 park campsites, updated nature trails, an observation deck, and a planned zip line course.
“We’ve added 25 new campsites, and we just finished a new bathroom,” Ladner said. “Any amenities we add bring people to the park. Work like that is hard, but it’s a lot of fun to see the changes that are coming.”
Construction on the newly approved upgrades is set to begin this fall and be completed sometime in 2020. The county is using funds from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) to complete the project.
County leaders say McLeod Park is projected to end this fiscal year with nearly $500,000 in revenue, making it economically self sustaining, and a premium draw for those looking to just relax.