Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Beginning Wednesday, May 10, 2023, the City of Hattiesburg will close the tennis courts at Kamper Park for upgrades that will include new overlay on all courts, four championship-level courts for tennis, four championship-level courts for pickleball, improved lighting, new nets and windscreens.
“We’re excited about the progress and momentum at Kamper Park,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “Dedicated pickleball courts have long been on the wish list of residents throughout our community, and a renovated facility that houses both pickleball and tennis will continue to expand our recreational offerings for residents and visitors alike.”
Located in the 100 block of South 19th Avenue, the courts will be closed through August 31 (pending weather). While improvements are made, residents and visitors interested in playing tennis or pickleball can do so at Tatum Park (tennis) and Thames Elementary (pickleball) or the courts on E 8th Street located behind Ebenezer Baptist Church near Chain Park (both sports).
Open play at Tatum Park Tennis Courts can be scheduled at 601-433-4205 or by reserving your court online at https://sites.onlinecourtreservations.com/reservations.
Pickleball Courts at Thames Elementary are open on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and on Tuesday/Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Barker added, “Being a premier city in the Gulf South means we invest in what we have while continuing to attract more opportunities. While an inconvenience in the interim, this newly renovated complex will be a great quality-of-life addition to the water park, the new pedestrian bridge that promotes walkability and the steady growth of the Hattiesburg Zoo.”
Estimated to cost approximately $550,000, these renovations are funded by the 1% tax on hotel/motel/restaurants that was approved by the citizens of Hattiesburg in April 2019.