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Seven lighted fields are provided in the community. For scheduling information, call Meridian Parks and Recreation Department, 601-485-1802. For information on the Meridian Public School System games, call 601-485-8675. For information on the Lauderdale County School System games, call 601-693-1683. For information on the Meridian Public School System games
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The Meridian High School gym seats 3,065. For information on the Meridian High School games, call 601-482-0423. For information on the Lauderdale County School System games, call 601-693-1683.
For information on the Meridian Community College Eagles basketball games, call 601-483-8241.
Dixie Lane Bowling
Boy Scouts of America – Choctaw Area Council
4818 North Park Drive
Ray Stadium, home of the Meridian Wildcats, seats 14,000. Season tickets are available through the Meridian High School office. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate. For scheduling information on the Meridian High School games, call 601-482-0423. For information on the Lauderdale County School System games, call 601-693-1683.
Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi
307 24th Avenue
Lakeview Golf Course
Public golf course located just past Long Creek Reservoir on Causeyville Road.
Par 70, 18 holes. Driving range, three putting greens, snack bar and carts available. Open seven days a week 7 a.m.-dusk.
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Okatibbee Lake (Public)
Public hunting is a popular activity at Okatibbee during the fall and winter. Over 6,000 acres of land are licensed to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. State laws govern hunting. For more information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 601-626-8431.
City-owned 3,300-acre park situated on three lakes. Includes Long Creek Reservoir and Lakeview Golf Course. Beautiful, relatively primitive park features nature trails, jogging and walking track, horseback riding, picnic facilities, paddle boats, boat ramps and fishing. Free. Open year-round 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Island $25.00 (w/ electricity additional $25.00)
To reserve: 601-485-1920
Bonita is reached by taking Highway 19 South, and is on the right immediately after leaving I-20/59. Long Creek is reached by Causeyville Road, a continuation of 22nd Avenue Heights. Long Creek opens one hour before daylight and closes one hour after sunset. Boat Limit: 16 foot, 25 hp motor.
Each year special events are held at Bonita Lakes:
- Sun Fish Triathlon
- 4th of July Celebration
- Charity Runs
- State Games of MS
Okatibbee Lake (Public)
This 11,000-acre flood control project features a 4,100-acre lake and seven parks with facilities for class "A" camping, a full-service marina, a motel, swimming beaches, a water slide, and other day-use attractions. Fishing is excellent. There is also a large area managed for hunting.
Each year numerous special events are held at the lake including:
- World-class boat races
- Fishing tournaments
- Athletic Competitions such as the Mississippi State Championship Triathlon
- Pops Concert
This lake is located eight miles northwest of Meridian via Highway 19. For more information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 601-626-8431.
Lake Tom Bailey
This lake offers fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking. Camping is available, and facilities include trailer and RV hookups and rest rooms and showers. Open year-round. Lake Tom Bailey is located west of Meridian off Highway 80 near Toomsuba. Call 601-632-4679 for more information.
These trails are made for off-road motorcycles and ATVs. Trails are located on Lakeview Golf Course Road. Take Highway 19 South out of Meridian, turn right onto Sandflat Road, and turn right onto Lakeview Golf Course Road; entrance is on the left. To be admitted you must be a member of the Meridian Motorcycle Assn. Dues are $40.00 per year for a family. And $30.00 a year for a single person.
For more information, contact Jerry Corley at 601-693-4637 or Johnny Ford at 601-483-6063.
United Artists Bonita Lakes
1680 Bonita Lakes Circle
Meridian, MS 39301
Velma Young Park
Park includes a playground, two fenced and lighted baseball fields with associated facilities, two lighted outdoor basketball courts, swimming pool, wading pool, bath house, multi-purpose community center, three picnic shelters, and a multi-purpose practice field. Located on 17th Avenue and 26th Street.
3435 North Hills Street
The Jaycee Soccer Complex is located on Old 8th Street Road. Northeast Park is located on Highway 39 North, and has 3 lighted fields.
For more information on area soccer programs, call Parks & Recreation at 601-485-1802 or visit the Meridian Youth Soccer Organization’s website at www.meridiansoccer.com.
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Sammie Davidson Softball Complex
This complex hosts national softball tournaments. Features include four diamonds, locker rooms, field lighting, parking for 500, tennis courts and a half-mile track. Admission charge varies according to event (tennis no charge).
Take Highway 19 North and turn right on College Drive.
This 80-acre park consists of a four-field softball complex with multi-purpose building, concessions, field lighting and parking, three international-size soccer fields (two lighted) and 10 tennis courts. Open year-round. Fees for special events; all other admission free.
Located 1 3/4 miles north of North Hills Street, just off Highway 39 North.
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Public swimming is available at Highland Park and Velma E. Young Park pools. Highland Park Pool is closed on Mondays. Velma E. Young Park Pool is closed on Wednesdays. There are three two-week sessions of swimming lessons taught on weekday mornings at Highland Park.
For information, call Parks & Recreation at 601-485-1801.
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Tennis courts on the campus of the Meridian High School, Highland Park, the Sammie Davidson Complex and Northeast Park are open to the public. Tennis lessons are taught during the summer under the direction of the Parks & Recreation Department at Highland Park.
Courts at Meridian Community College are open to the public from 8:15 a.m. until 8:15 p.m. during the summer and on weekends. During the school year, the courts are open from 4 pm until 8:15 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8:15 a.m. until 8:15 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, unless occupied by the MCC tennis team.
The Wechsler Community Arts Center
Located in the original Wechsler School built in 1894, at 3014 15th Street. For information, contact Melba Clark at 601-485-8882.
This water park sits on 350 acres of land on Lake Okatibbee managed by the Pat Harrison Waterway District. The park has picnic areas, 25-room motel, two waterslides, innertube river ride, children's pool with small slide, overlooking balcony and playground.
Open June through Labor Day, noon-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; noon-6 p.m. on Friday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 on weekdays, $8.50 on weekends, and $3 for children under 42 inches tall; twenty percent discount for 15 or more people.
Located off of Pine Springs Road, 11 miles northwest of Meridian. Take Highway 19 North, turning right at Lake Okatibbee.