The mission of the Hattiesburg Parks & Recreation Department is to "enhance the lives of all citizens by providing quality programs that promote physical fitness, social interaction, and cultural enrichment."
The City of Hattiesburg's Parks & Recreation Department manages and maintains the public parks, community centers, sports fields, cemeteries and other recreational facilities.
The City of Hattiesburg's Parks & Recreation Department manages and maintains the public parks, community centers, zoo, sports fields, cemeteries and other recreational facilities. The department is made up of 4 divisions - Administration/Programming, Recreation/Grounds Maintenance, Cemetery/Forestry, and Cultural Affairs. Each division is responsible for certain aspects of the Parks & Recreation Program with a common goal of enhancing the quality of life of its citizens by providing recreational activities, beautiful parks, user friendly facilities, attractive community centers and a safe, enjoyable environment.
The Ball Field/ Grounds Division is responsible for all city ballparks and landscape areas. Planting, mowing, and fertilization of all turf grass are a part of this division’s daily tasks. This division handles all athletic field preparations. The City of Hattiesburg holds 20 baseball/ softball fields, 12 soccer fields, 18 tennis courts, 4 basketball courts, 3 swimming pools, and several walking trails that are also maintained by this division.
All enhancement landscape projects are handled through the Grounds Division. Many of the city's landscaped intersections and streets require daily care. All the city parks and many city buildings are enhanced with highlight landscaping. This division is also responsible for mowing of all city parks. Approximately 300 acres of park and ball Field grass is cut each week.