Jackson County Recreation Needs Your Voice

There is no better way to build a better “widget” than to ask the folks that will ultimately use that widget. This is the approach being taken by the staff of the Jackson County Recreation Department toward their goal of developing a long-term Master Plan for the 40 plus outdoor recreational sites maintained and managed for the citizens of Jackson County.

Jackson County has hired Lose Design to create the County’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan over the coming months, based on local priorities and national trends. This includes community engagement. In the words of Recreation Director Darcie Crew, that means “we want your input!!!” You can begin by watching the short, 2 minute informational video via this link:

Although the initial Virtual Town Hall meeting has already been held, you still have the opportunity to provide important input about how you use or would use the county’s facilities, what you might want to see added, and how you might spend money to improve upon elements of the system.

Start by visiting the project’s interactive website at to view information about the project and provide feedback by taking the survey. The website will remain active through mid-February.

Please also spread the word to your friends about how they too can let their voices heard. You can contact Darcie through the Recreation Department webpage or by calling (228) 826-5330.

“We are excited about the future of recreation in Jackson County and need your help to ensure we meet the needs of you and your families. The input we receive from you will help shape the next ten years of improvements and funding priorities for Jackson County,” Recreation Director for Jackson County Darcie Crew said. 

This is community engagement friends! Jump in and help Darcie and her staff think about the future of Jackson County Recreation.


Written by Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D.

Mark is a naturalist and wetland ecologist, providing expertise on wetlands, water quality and environmental impacts of humans. He has also developed and conducted a number of environmental education programs and workshops for youth, teachers, realtors, and the general public on a variety of subjects including wetlands, natural history, and environmental landscaping. Mark is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (B.S. and M.S. degrees) and Mississippi State University (Ph.D.). Mark is the recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation Conservation Educator Award, the Gulf Guardian Award, and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.

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