Popp’s Ferry fields close for lighting work

Replacement of light poles and electrical panels in the works at Popp’s Ferry Recreational Complex causing closures to many of the fields.  

Vandalism to the electrical panels as well as the poor condition of the lighting poles at most of the fields has caused the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department to close the fields while improvements are made to the lighting.

The city is meeting with Mississippi Power later this week to propose a plan to replace poles, wiring, and lighting at the fields north and south of the concession stand, and replace the lighting at the fields north of the pickleball courts as well as construct new electrical panels at each of the fields. The upgrades are needed to place the lighting back in safe, working condition.

In the meantime, the soccer fields north of the dog park are closed 24 hours a day, and the fields east of the soccer fields and north of the pickleball fields will open only during daylight hours. Signs are posted at each park.

During the closure, crews will conduct maintenance on the fields. The closures will not affect the pickleball courts or the dog park.

No timeline has been set for the work.
See a map of the complex and closures
See an image of the damaged poles
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News & notes: Weekly report, Bonnet Carre, Senior Games, Black History

The week that was: Weekly reports from the departments of Fire, Community Development, and Engineering are now online for your review. To see the reports from last week and an archive of weekly reports, click here.

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Black History month celebration: The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will host a free event on Tuesday, Feb. 28 to celebrate Black History Month. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Community Center on Howard Avenue and will include speakers, music, vendors and more. To see the flyer, click here.