Laurel Sportsplex Gets a New Name
Posted on: July 19, 2016
The City of Laurel made a change to the city’s sportsplex, one that has been a long time coming. The Laurel Susan Boone Vincent Sportsplex is a 145-acre complex consisting of eight lighted tennis courts, six regulation soccer fields, six baseball fields, walking and nature trails, tennis pro shop, concession stands, press boxes, a 1.5 acre lake for irrigation and a natatorium with a 50-meter Olympic sized swimming pool.
“We are dedicating the Laurel Sportsplex to Mayor Susan Vincent. She was the one that came up with the idea. She was the one that saw it through and it’s over 20 years old. Her name is being memorialized today because this was her dream, her vision,” said Mayor Johnny Magee.
The sportsplex had its first ball game in 1999 and 17 years later, its still touching people’s hearts. It was presented the 1999 Mississippi Recreation and Park Association Facility Design Award of Merit and 1999 Engineering Excellence Honors Award from the Mississippi Consulting Engineering Council. The sportsplex has an outstanding reputation for excellence and the City of Laurel is proud of the opportunities that it has provided for recreation and tourism.
Former Mayor of Laurel, Susan Vincent said, “It’s very heart-warming to have the vision of building this and see its completion and its use. It’s a real honor to have my name on it.”
The facility has come a long way.
“When I ride out here at night and the fields are filled with baseball players, soccer players, tennis players, the pool is full of people, it’s just the right place to be and the fun place to be, and that’s what I wanted it to be for the people of Laurel and Jones County, and the surrounding area,” said Vincent.
The sportsplex will host the 25-team Dixie Youth World Series July 29 – August 11, 2016.