On Tuesday, May 16, the voters of Waynesboro overwhelmingly approved a 1 cent tax on each dollar spent on prepared foods, on-premises liquor and beer purchases and hotel-motel stays.
The effort to seek the parks and recreation tax began in January when the Waynesboro Board of Aldermen petitioned the Mississippi Legislature to seek local and private legislation allowing voters to say whether or not the measure would be adopted.
The law required no less than 60 percent of registered voters within the city to approve the tax for the act to go into effect. In Tuesday's vote, 87 percent of those that went to the polls said yes to the assessment.
These funds will boost our short- and long-term efforts to develop The Fields of Waynesboro and improve other public parks throughout the city.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to build The Fields, and be watching for how we plan to utilize these valuable dollars in moving forward.
The first-ever Grillin N Chillin at The Fields -- an opportunity for back-yard grillers to form a team and prepare their chicken, pork rib and pork loin specialties for cash prizes -- is set for Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at The Fields of Waynesboro sports complex.
The event will also feature a classic car, truck and motorcycle show along with a cornhole tournament. Non-food vendors are being sought to take part in the event that will be held at The Fields of Waynesboro, located at 1515 Azalea Drive in Waynesboro. NOTE: WE HAVE REACHED OUR QUOTA FOR FOOD VENDORS AND NO ADDITIONAL APPLICATIONS FOR FOOD VENDORS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
For event details, which are constantly being updated, click here or on the Grillin N Chillin icon above.
The Fields of Waynesboro soccer fields were constructed in late 2018
The Fields of Waynesboro is the 21st Century recreational sports facility for Waynesboro and Wayne County, Mississippi, as well as surrounding communities and counties in Southeast Mississippi and Southwest Alabama. Located on Azalea Drive (Mississippi Highway 184) in Waynesboro, this almost 90-acres site will ultimately become home to eight baseball-softball fields, seven soccer fields, walking tracks and playgrounds to name some of the amenities planned. Thanks to the financial generosity and in-kind construction support of community benefactors, businesses and industries, two regulation soccer fields have already been constructed with more improvements on the way. We invite you to join in our efforts to build something unique in Southeast Mississippi -- a venue that will draw together families and communities.
The annual Great Chickasawhay River Race -- a 22.3 mile adventure down one of Mississippi's most pristine rivers -- will be held Saturday, June 22 under the direction of The Friends of the Chickasawhay.
Founded in 2015 by people that love the scenic beauty of this majestic river, the Great Chickasawhay Race is an annual kayak, canoe, and SUP competition that takes place along the meandering river between Shubuta and Waynesboro, Mississippi.
Some participants will race for cash prizes or while others take part just for the fun of it.
Individual Registration is $40
Tandem Team Registration is $70
*If not an ACA member, add $5 per person for insurance fee
For details on the race or to sign-up to participate, visit The Great Chick Race webpage.
More than $68,000 in cash donations have been raised since May 1, 2018, to begin development of The Fields of Waynesboro.
The Wayne County Recreational Sports Authority and the Wayne County Economic Development Foundation have spearheaded the effort to build The Fields of Waynesboro. Long-term plans call for the construction of eight baseball-softball fields, up to seven soccer fields, walking tracks and playgrounds. The Wayne County Economic Development Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is accepting donations for the development of this recreational facility. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Foundation in person at 610 Azalea Drive in Waynesboro (across from the south entrance to the Courthouse) or by mail to Wayne County Economic Development Foundation, 610 Azalea Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367. Please note in your check's "FOR" line ... "The Fields of Waynesboro."
Many businesses have chosen to support The Fields of Waynesboro through on-field, A-frame signage. Please support those businesses that have given their support to youth sports through The Fields. Click on the arrows to review our sponsors and check back frequently as more sponsors are added.
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