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Officials break ground on new RV park for complex PDF Print E-mail

A single shovel struck the earth Monday in the middle of a vacant five-acre lot adjacent to the Lincoln County Multi-Purpose Facility, signifying the official beginning of construction on an expansive RV park.

Supervisors president the Rev. Jerry Wilson wielded the shovel, surrounded by local government and business leaders and a few state officials, scooping up the first load of sand for the project that officials hope will bring an economic boon to the county.

"The long-term goal for the park is to allow the facility to bring in multi-day functions, as well as support other long-term projects in Lincoln County in order to stimulate the economy by indirect dollars spent," said LCMP General Manager Quinn Jordan. "It is designed as a fully-functional RV park, not just a support mechanism for our facility."

Jordan said the park, which should be finished by late July or early August, will feature 39 RV slots, complete with water, sewer and electrical hookups, allowing visitors to stay onsite for multiple days. The park will be well-lit and complete with bathhouses, with future plans to add a pavilion.

Jordan said the park would allow the facility to begin hosting bigger, longer events at its arena, bringing in more people for longer stays and increasing the rental amounts for slots, stalls and goods.

"The direct revenue that will be generated will be substantial toward our operating budget," Jordan said. "The commission's plan is to help the facility support itself as much as possible."

Jordan said the multi-purpose commission chose to undertake the RV park not only because of its ability to bring more visitors to the county, but because of its potential to pay for itself. The project costs $575,000, with $250,000 available via a grant from the Pearl River Basin Development District.

Commission Chairman Dr. William Kimble said the RV park is necessary to allow the facility to function at its fullest as a regional attraction.

"We feel like, because of the geographical location of the complex and Lincoln County, we're sitting in a position to become a cultural center for Southwest Mississippi," he said. "That's what we're trying to build the facility into - a region-wide attraction."

Kimble pointed out the facility already hosts numerous high school proms, balls, weddings and wedding receptions, family reunions and other group-oriented events. He said the commission hopes to one day host car shows, gun shows and other trade events at the facility.

More upgrades to the facility are being studied, Kimble said.

The commission's next goal will likely be the installation of new technology that would allow for satellite conferencing, he said, making the facility a hub for various training, instructional and governmental meetings. He said the commission is currently exploring funding opportunities for future additions.

"The RV park is certainly the first major add-on project to the facility, and it hopefully won't be the last," Kimble said.