City of Gulfport - Leisure Services Department
Gulfport’s Department of Leisure Services provides residents and visitors with programs for youth and the elderly, parks, pools and sports facilities, including gymnasiums, ball fields and weight rooms. In addition, the department is responsible for community centers, senior centers, recreational facilities, youth athletic leagues, and after school and summer programs.
The department operates 38 ball fields, 31 parks,5 tennis courts, 3 gymnasiums, 7 walking tracks, all fishing piers and municipal boat ramps and jetties, the Marina, fitness centers, a senior center, a swimming pool, and more than 600 acres of parks and recreational areas.
Leisure Services Philosophy
"We believe that Leisure time opportunities are a basic human need along with Health, Education, and Welfare, and the responsibility for providing wholesome leisure time facilities and activities for the citizens of Gulfport rests with our department.”
“We believe that through these leisure time pursuits we can provide all citizens that opportunity to grow physically and mentally and find a ‘Quality of Life and Wellness that is both meaningful and abundant’.”
“We firmly believe that a primary ‘Alternative’ to youth drugs and crime is providing the very young continuous, diversified, and attractive opportunities to develop wholesome, physical, recreational, and artistic skills and interests.”
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