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A new youth sports complex in Senatobia could be a win-win for the athletes and the city, according to the mayor.
“The new park will be a catalyst for positive growth, increase business activities and attract new residents,” said Senatobia Mayor Allan Callicott.
The city is in the final stages of completing a comprehensive parks and recreation study with Dalhoff-Thomas Design Studio of Memphis Tenn. According to preliminary proposed plans, the new facility will revitalize the three current softball fields in the Industrial park, will include 3 additional softball fields, six baseball fields, two football fields, three soccer fields and a walking trail in different location.
In May of 2014, residents voted for a 2% tax on the sale of prepared food and hotel stays within the city limits, some of this revenue set aside to pay for the new park.
Jason Price, treasurer of Senatobia Youth Baseball, said “The new facilities are going to bring in more revenue to the city by attracting people from all over north Mississippi to the new sports complex throughout the year from baseball, softball, soccer and football.”
The city will meet this month with financial advisors to discuss funding options, and then the Board of Aldermen will decide the timeline for construction and completion.
Carrie Williams, mother of three, said, “If I’m lucky I will only have to drive to two different location on any given weeknight to make sure all my children make it to baseball and soccer practice. I can only wait to have all my children in one location.”
Price says he’s pleased with the city’s plans. “Parents brought the needs to the city and youth league organization and they have responded with plans and great ideas to improve the city.”