° empty

Still long road ahead for recreation

The City of Natchez took a significant, and much appreciated, positive step Tuesday toward improving recreation in the community.

With a simple vote, Natchez aldermen agreed to join the Adams County Board of Supervisors in working together on recreation.

The city’s part includes turning over its recreation budget to an as-yet-unhired city-county recreation director.

The idea behind this is simple: Working together makes sense, and rather than duplicating services — which are used by both city and county residents — a consolidated recreation plan is smart.

While a step in the right direction, we still contend the city and county must work to find funding for improvements to the community’s recreation facilities, most of which are badly outdated and have long passed their useful life.

Instead of focusing on recreation, both the city and county have given it lip service, but stopped short of actually putting additional dollars into building new recreational facilities.

Both sets of public officials argue no money exist for such things. Taxpayers see increased sales tax receipts and a new $1 million annual lease payment from a casino going into city coffers. In addition, taxpayers see the county spending millions to acquire land and buildings in the name of economic development — which all may be well and good.

Yet recreation continues to take a back burner.

Agreeing to hire a new recreation director to oversee both city and county recreation departments is a good step; a much longer journey is required to truly make a community-changing impact.

We urge city and county leaders to move the process along further and meet publicly to plan actual improvements to recreational infrastructures.

News

Photo gallery: Jewish community celebrates Passover with Seder dinner

News

NASD graduation rate up, but still lags behind state average

News

The Dart: Vidalia man studies, takes care of family, too

News

Natchez Early College Academy Fun Day to help raise money for trip to Washington, D.C.

News

Parent University set for Thursday

News

Sunday focus: Voters to determine a quarter million in salaries May 10

News

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office investigates body found in Monterey

News

County seeking ambulance proposals

News

‘Suzi’s Girls’ remember lasting legacy left by coach

News

Natchez man killed in Ferriday wreck Friday night

News

Photo gallery: The bluff has gone to the DockDogs

News

Tactics in case surrounding alleged attack of parish DA questioned

News

Student charged in verbal assault of teacher

News

City back in court to determine damages in Roundstone case

News

Report: Cuts put school district $1.5M short

News

Faith and Family: R.V.I.C.S. helps Children’s Home

News

Photo gallery: Chalk artist inspired by God creates artwork at First Baptist Church

News

Man previously arrested on rape charges, charged with another sex crime

News

Natchez-Adams School District to pay $127K to former principal

News

Judge dismisses former assistant principal’s lawsuit against school district

News

City receives Urban Youth Corps grant

News

Natchez police make arrest in weekend attack

News

Natchez tourism director’s car left in limbo without commission

News

News photos: Ferriday fire