Press Release: City of Jackson Dept. of Parks & Recreation Provides Updates to Summer Event Schedule

Posted on June 4, 2020


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(Jackson, Miss.) – Due the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Department of Parks & Recreation will continue to evaluate events scheduled from June 3rd through August 29th.  Most of our events have been cancelled in the best interest of the public, with the exception of the following:

  • Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament: May 22nd – rescheduled to August 7, 2020
  • Movies in the Park and Drive-in events will be offered with social distancing and limited spaces. The schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
  • Fireworks Event: June 27, 2020 – Fireworks at Smith-Wills Baseball Stadium will take place with COVID-19 restrictions strictly enforced.
  • The Feeding Program will continue Monday – Friday, from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. for youth aged 18 and under at the following locations:
    • Westside Gymnasium
      1450 Wiggins Road
      Jackson MS 39209
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    • Battlefield Park Community Center
      953 Porter Street
      Jackson MS 39204
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    • Vergy P. Middleton Community Center     
      3971 Flag Chapel Road
      Jackson MS 39213
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    • Grove Park Community Center
      4126 Parkway Ave
      Jackson MS 39213
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

CANCELLED EVENTS:

All White Party – May 23rd
Blues in the Park – June 20th
Summer Enhancement Program (cancelled)

CLOSED FACILITIES & SPORT EVENTS

Community centers, gymnasiums, parks/playgrounds, splashpads, and pools will remain closed.

Sports events previously scheduled to take place at these facilities have also been cancelled.

OPEN FACILITIES

Per the Executive Order, Golf Courses and Tennis Centers have been open since May 16, 2020 with restrictions and guidelines

Walking trails are open at all park facilities.

Buddy Butts Park will be open for walking, Go-Karting, and RC Flying, however, soccer fields and bathrooms will remain closed.

Youth Baseball will be permitted with Covid-19 guidelines and policies strictly enforced.

Mynelle Gardens will be open June 5th with limited capacity and social distancing rules in place. The garden can host events of up to 25 people outsideThe Westbroook House will remain closed. 

It is also important that the public is aware that signs have been placed at our parks and facilities indicating that our parks and park facilities are closed.  The City has had several individuals cut chains and remove signs. As a reminder, tampering with and the destruction of City property is a criminal offense.

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