Jackson County, Pascagoula team up to build 4 new tennis courts

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The Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Pascagoula School District each approved resolutions this week to build four new tennis courts that may be used by students and the public.

The courts should start taking shape at the old South Field School property on Ingalls Avenue by the end of the school year, and be finished by September 2011, said Wayne Rodolfich, superintendent. They will join a soccer field already on the property, he said.

“I think it’s going to help the whole community, and that’s the goal of everything we do,” Rodolfich said. “We don’t draw a line between city and county functions.”

The county agreed during its Monday board meeting to provide $175,000 for the project, with the school district agreeing to finance the yet-to-be-determined remainder at its meeting on Tuesday.

The district will award the bid and handle construction, landscaping and all future maintenance, according to the agreement.

Rodolfich said district’s share will depend on the type of surface, lighting, and the bids. “I know that six tennis courts with proper lighting can cost as much as $600,000,” he said. 

Members of the tennis team typically use courts at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County campus for matches. Public courts are also available at I.G. Levy Park, Arlington Elementary and Pine Street Park.

Mike Mangum, Jackson County Board of Supervisors president, said partnering with the school district on the tennis courts promises to enhance quality of life for the entire community. “It will bring many more citizens another convenient recreation opportunity,” he said.

By Kaija Wilkinson

News from The Mississippi Press 

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