LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Lamar County is in the early stages of building a multi-activity sports complex.
“We just completed a comprehensive plan, which is a study of the needs of the community over an extended 20 years,” said Lamar County administrator Jody Waits. “One of the things that came out during the years we were redoing the comprehensive plan was the citizens of the county overwhelmingly let us know that we needed a centralized sports complex.”
An advisory board was created by the Lamar County Board of Supervisors last November to help county officials through the project.
"The Board of Supervisors wanted to have more dynamics involved with the planning process and thinking process about what facilities we should have,” said chairman of the advisory board, Sid Gonsoulin.
Gonsoulin announced during Thursday morning’s Board of Supervisors meeting that there will be two community meetings next week. The purpose of the meetings is to get community input and opinions on the sports complex.
“What do they like about the things that they have seen in the area where their children are going to participate in programs or there’s not enough of this or that in the county,” Gonsoulin said. "How would they vision supporting such a facility that would help enhance the sports and recreation facilities in Lamar County?”
Some supervisors think a sports complex will greatly benefit the county.
"To get the most bang for the buck you look at sports complexes. Where you can, on one piece of land, put multiple sports and actives for people to enjoy,” said District 4 supervisor Phillip Carlisle.
There is no set location or timeline in place for the complex at this time.
The community meetings will take place next Tuesday, February 26, at the Breland Community Center and Thursday, February 28, at the Lamar County Multi-Purpose Center. Both will be at 7:15 p.m.