Sports Complex planned at Reservoir site
Oct. 22, 2020
Source: Mississippi Clarion Ledger - Brian Broom
It's been vacant for over a decade, but the location where Rapids on the Reservoir once operated at the Ross Barnett Reservoir is getting new life.
P360 Performance Sports, a baseball academy with operations in Jackson and Hattiesburg, announced Tuesday a major project under development for the property.
The 27-acre commercial property will be the site of the company’s headquarters and include a new baseball academy and training center, turf baseball fields to host high school showcase and youth level events, athlete performance training, sports medicine, and more.
“We are blessed and excited to bring this sports development on the reservoir," Chris Snopek, founder of P360 Performance Sports, said. "Our coaches and employees look forward to the opportunity to serve the Tri-County area baseball and sports families while positively impacting tomorrow’s youth for the Kingdom.”
The site is located on the east side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir spillway on Bob Anthony Parkway in Rankin County.
"Our goal to break ground is spring of '21," Snopek said. "We're assuming eight to 10 months (of construction) moving in.
"Our first phase is sports fields. We hope to have that in fall of '21."
Snopek said he expects the sports complex will be complete in spring or summer of 2021.
Century Construction Group has been selected for design and building of the project, teaming with Neel-Schaffer, Inc. to provide engineering.
Rankin County District 2 supervisor Daniel Cross weighed in on the project.
“Youth sports play a critical role in the development of our kids," Cross said in a statement. "An organization like P360 and SBG Sox Baseball building a facility like this in Rankin County will help instill leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship to shape our children’s future."
The site plan includes an eight-court volleyball center, adding a playing venue for beach volleyball for local clubs as well as the tournament circuit. Locations on the premises for a restaurant and hotel are included in the site plan, which has been approved by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors, the release said.
According to P360, the location is ideal. Located equally between Atlanta and Dallas on I-20, and on I-55 between Memphis and New Orleans, the site will serve a large travel baseball community within driving distance of Jackson. Snopek said surrounding areas will experience an economic boost from the the people the facility attracts.
"It's a multi-million impact to the surrounding communities," Snopek said. "We're a Mississippi-based company. We want to invest in the community."
Snopek started p360 Performance Sports after he retired from major league baseball 20 years ago. P360 baseball programs have had over 800 players that have played beyond high school participate in its various programs. The summer of 2020 also had over 100 college players with NCAA eligibility remaining participate in the Southeast Collegiate League, with teams in Jackson, Hattiesburg, and Baton Rouge, the organization said.
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