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Parks & Recreation
Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Parks and Recreation is to enhance the physical and recreational needs of the public by enhancing the quality of life of our patrons and promoting positive, recreational programming through coaching, teaching, mentoring, preserving, protecting, and enhancing its park lands and public green space.

Facts about Our Parks and Recreational Facilities
Did you know that approximately 2,300 acres of land in the City of Jackson are composed of our 57 city parks and facilities? The areas include: playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, picnic grounds, and jogging and walking paths. In addition, our special facilities include: community centers, which are available for public use; Smith Wills Stadium; Mynelle Gardens, which is the city’s botanical gardens; and the Jackson Zoo. We always set the safety of our patrons as top priority, so all properties are patrolled by the City of Jackson Park Rangers.

The City of Jackson also offers a wide variety of recreational programs. Our athletics division offers youth and adults softball, flag football, and basketball and baseball leagues. In addition, our division offers swimming, golfing, and tennis lessons. Citizens can also enjoy our exciting neighborhood festivals, after school programs, and seasonal clinics.

Fast Facts

Jackson has:
  • Seventy-two Athletic fields
  • One Botanical garden
  • Four Community Centers
  • Five Gymnasiums
  • One Driving range
  • One Go-kart track
  • Two Golf courses
  • One Model airplane field
  • Fixty-seven Number of parks and recreational facilities
  • Thirty-two Playgrounds
  • Nine Swimming pools
  • Sixty-one Tennis courts, six clay courts
  • The total area is approximately 2,303.35 acres
  • Ten miles of walking trails

Ison B. Harris Jr.

Abram Muhammad
Deputy Director

Wendey Brown
Fiscal Officer

Patrice Bernard
Executive Office Coordinator

Jackie Spears

1000 Metro Center
Suite 104
Jackson, MS 39209

Phone: 601-960-0471
Fax: 601-960-1576

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday