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City of Jackson, Jackson R-2 School District to expand sports and recreation complex

(Source: City of Jackson) (Source: City of Jackson)

The City of Jackson and the Jackson R-2 School District have announced plans for the expansion of a sports and recreation complex on East Deerwood Drive near the Jackson Civic Center.

The Jackson Area Baseball Association (JABA), the Southeast Missouri Medical Center, Inc., the Jackson R-2 School District and the City of Jackson have combined their efforts to establish what will be known as the Clark Sports and Recreation Complex.

A contract has been signed to purchase approximately 24 acres of land from the Clark family, which upon closing, will be used over the next few years to develop and improve the current site.

The property is set to officially close in late November or early December.

Improvements will include updates, additions and renovations to the existing baseball stadium.

As part of this collaborative effort, the stadium and its five acres of land will be donated to the Jackson R-2 School District to become the district-owned home of the Jackson High School Baseball Program.

The district also purchased approximately four additional acres of land next to the stadium for improvements, which will include a concession stand and restroom facilities, additional parking and stadium aesthetic improvements.

The City of Jackson will use the remaining 20 acres of land for future park improvements. This may include additional parks and recreation facilities, future civic center building additions, more parking areas, as well as other municipal uses upon the property.

“The collaboration of the parties involved is a testament to their dedication to the Jackson community, which will benefit from the many recreation and sporting opportunities provided by this complex,” John Link, Superintendent of the Jackson R-2 School District, said.

Elected officials as well as local community leaders worked together to reach an agreement that would provide new recreation opportunities, facilities and programs.

“All of the parties involved are committed to providing the best opportunities possible for the residents of Jackson and the surrounding community," Dwain Hahs, Mayor of Jackson, said. "We all understand the potential economic impacts to local businesses through the ability to host events, activities and tournaments that will increase tourism.

"We want to thank the Jackson Area Baseball Association, the Southeast Missouri Medical Center, Inc., and the Clark family for their generous contributions to this complex.”

The full economic and recreational benefits of the new complex are expected to be realized over the next few years.

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