The Hancock County Board of Supervisors will host a Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremony of the newly expanded Hancock County Sports Complex on Thursday, May 17th at 5pm located at 13824 Highway 43 in the Kiln.
The Supervisors initiated planning for the Complex in 2009 in conjunction with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). Since that time, significant planning and resources have gone into the expansion of the park. The park plan was awarded a $7 million dollar grant from MDA to assist with the development. The grand opening will unveil five (5) new mix-use baseball fields with a cutting edge concession stand and restroom facility.
The need for this complex came out of a think tank session with members of the Hancock Chamber Leadership Class. From there, retired Highway Patrolman, David Kenny, provided hundreds of hours of volunteer time working with the Board of Supervisors as a resource to make it happen.
“We are grateful to all of the citizens who were involved in making this project a reality,” said Blaine Lafontaine, President of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.
“Just as water, sewer, and public safety are considered essential public services, parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community,” he said “We believe this newly expanded complex will significantly contribute to the economic and environmental well-being of Hancock County.”
Officials will also be on hand on May 17th to throw out the first pitch to kick off the closing tournament for the Harrison Hancock Recreational Association’s Cal Ripken baseball / softball tournament.
For more information contact the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Department of 228-467-1894.