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Recreation forum set for Tuesday

NATCHEZ — A public forum Tuesday will allow residents to see the future possibilities of recreation in Natchez-Adams County for themselves.

The forum from 5-7 p.m. at the Natchez Grand Hotel will informally display plans for a recreation complex, which is the product of much hard work, collaboration and research of the Natchez-Adams Recreation Commission.

Commission Chairman Tate Hobdy said the visual plans for phase one will be available at the forum and commission members and the landscape architect will be on hand to answer questions and take suggestions.

Phase one, estimated to be $5.4 million, includes baseball fields, softball fields, a swimming pool, updates to Duncan Park and amenities such as bathrooms and picnic tables near the bean field. The plans also include a pond which will help irrigate the area as well as enhance recreation opportunities.

Plans for a potential Phase 2 will also be on display at the forum. Hobdy said Phase 2 would use funds beyond the original $5.4 million and would be built if the community and government boards want to move forward after the completion of Phase 1.

“Once (the facilities) are up and running, it will make future plans easier to come by,” Hobdy said.

Hobdy said attendees can come and go as they please at the forum to visit the various informational areas and displays.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen and Adams County Board of Supervisors members will be meeting in April to discuss plans and funding for recreation.

Hobdy said he looks forward to hearing input from the public, and that the forum is a good measure to ensure the commission has not overlooked anything.

“The public can offer very good ideas,” Hobdy said.

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