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New Natchez-Adams County pool ready in May
from Staff Reports - NEWS
February 21, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The swimming pool being built at Liberty Park in Natchez is scheduled to be finished in May, providing the community a public facility it hasn’t had since Duncan Park pool closed nearly two decades ago.

The new pool is almost 80 percent complete, said project architect Johnny Waycaster. It’s Junior Olympic competition-size and L-shape with a shallow part for wading separated from the deep section for swimming.

In giving the Adams County Board of Supervisors a status report Tuesday, Waycaster said the construction of the building for concessions and restrooms is about 60 percent complete.

The county board joined the Natchez Board of Aldermen last year to come up with the money for the aquatic center’s construction, which is being done by two Louisiana-based contractors. The pool is costing about $838,000 and the building is priced at about $500,000, Waycaster said.

The city and county boards are discussing spending more money to have the pool covered and heated so it could be used year-round. Estimates made for this range from $120,000 to $150,000. Locker rooms, showers and bleachers are also being planned, Waycaster said, with the YMCA managing the aquatic center.

Construction began in October for the community swimming pool. A ceremonial groundbreaking took place in 2016, but work was delayed when proposed construction costs exceeded what was originally budgeted. There has been no public swimming pool in Natchez-Adams County since the city-owned Duncan Park pool closed around 2001.


The Adams County Board of Supervisors closed the public out of a meeting Tuesday with a group interested in locating an industry on county-owned land where International Paper Co. once had a large mill.

The five supervisors met for about 30 minutes with four people who county board President Calvin Butler said represented a business not formally incorporated yet but is looking at the industrial site on Lower Woodville and Carthage Point roads. Butler declined to identify the group or the type of business they were planning. State law allows government boards to deny information to the public concerning industries wanting to locate on publicly owned land.

The Board of Supervisors in 2013 purchased the sprawling 478-acre IP property for $9 million to lure new industries there. Two businesses and an electric utility so far have acquired part of the land. IP closed its paper mill in 2003. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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