Snyder Center re-opens to public

The Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, with its fitness equipment, basketball and pickleball courts, and indoor walking track, re-opened to the public today with a new air-conditioning system and pools that will be ready to open in a couple of weeks.

The re-opening of the Snyder Center is one of the updates included in today’s Be Prepared report. Also included: the latest COVID-19 numbers and news from the Veterans Administration in Biloxi.

“The new air-conditioning is great, very comfortable,” says James Payton, manager of the Snyder, a 43,000-square foot municipal center on Pass Road. “It’s just like it was on Day 1, when we opened back in May of 2001. It’s going to be popular with the patrons.”

Payton, whose facility has been shuttered since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the facility is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., with limitations.

Basketball is limited to six people, with no games allowed. The fitness hallway is limited to five visitors and the fitness center itself is limited to four people. The indoor walking track is limited to eight users.

Pickleball also takes place weekdays from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The lap and therapeutic pools are expected to open in a couple of weeks, although a firm date has not yet been announced.

“We’ve been getting questions today about the pools,” Payton said this afternoon. “The contractor, who is based in south Louisiana, was set back by Hurricane Laura, but they’re back on track now. They’re working on them now, and we think our usage of the entire facility will pick up, within limitations, once word gets out.”

To contact the Snyder Center, call 228-388-1340.
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Weekly reports: The city’s Public Works Department picks up an average of 41 tires each week from roadsides. That’s one of the figures in today’s Weekly Report, which lists the latest stats from the departments of Police, Fire, Public Works, Community Development and Engineering. To see the archive, click here.

Groundbreaking: A ceremony to formally mark the beginning of construction of a new city park, Eagle Point Park, takes place Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the eight-acre park site, near 10516 Pin Oak Drive.