Officials preparing to take bids on sportsplex

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KILN, Miss. (AP) - Hancock County leaders have announced plans to build a sports complex.

The first phase of the sportsplex will include eight baseball fields, ten soccer fields and two football fields. A concession stand, restroom facilities and several other amenities are also part of the plans. Phase two of the complex calls for adding basketball, tennis and more to the site.

“This is something the board of supervisors have been working on for a long time and it’s finally looking like it’s finally going to come to fruition,” said Kevin Ladner, Hancock County’s Parks & Recreation director.

The complex will go up on 82 acres off Mississippi Highway 603, behind the new Emergency Operation Center currently under construction in Kiln. County supervisors are in the process of purchasing the land.

Supervisor Steve Seymour said the county acquired a provisional permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and now is only lacking a storm-water permit from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality before it can move forward.

Once the county receives the title to the land and the DEQ permit, it will advertise for construction bids, Seymour said.

Supervisors also plan to use the current Kiln hurricane shelter, which is located on the property, as an indoor training facility when the shelter is not being occupied.

“This is going to be something really nice for our kids,” Seymour said. “We are hoping it will also help our local businesses and possibly spur some hotel development in the area.”

The complex will be available for team sports and children from the entire county.

Seymour said construction will take about a year.

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