Dedication ceremony held for the Laurel Susan Boone Vincent Sportsplex

Dedication ceremony held for the Laurel Susan Boone Vincent Sportsplex

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A dedication ceremony was held on Friday naming The Laurel Susan Boone Vincent Sportsplex in Jones County. Local officials along with community leaders and residents joined in the event.

The ceremony was hosted by city of Laurel and the Jones County Chamber of Commerce and the event was highlighted by the revealing of a sign with the new name on it. Susan Vincent is a former teacher and former mayor of Laurel and says she's honored that the sportsplex is named for her.

"It's very heartwarming to see the completion and the use of this facility," said Vincent. "I appreciate the City of Laurel for naming it for me, we are getting ready to host the World Series and that it will be bringing twenty-five teams in and then they're going to be adding an eight-plex softball field which will even bring more in."

The Laurel Susan Boone Vincent Sportsplex is a 145-acre complex consisting of eight lighted tennis courts, six regulation soccer fields, six baseball fields, walking and nature trails, tennis pro shop, concession stands, press boxes, a 1.5 acre lake for irrigation and a natatorium with a 50-meter Olympic sized swimming pool. A splash pad is one of the more recent additions to the facility.

The sportsplex was presented the 1999 Mississippi Recreation and Park Association Facility Design Award of Merit and the 1999 Engineering Excellence Honors Award from the Mississippi Consulting Engineers Council.

Laurel Mayor, Johnny Magee says that The Laurel Susan Boone Vincent Sportsplex has an outstanding reputation for excellence and the City of Laurel is proud of the opportunities that the sportsplex provides for recreation and tourism.