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 ball fields, parks, tennis courts, gymnasiums, 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 Vision Statement
We Create Community through People, Parks and Programs articulates the vision of the City of Gulfport Department of Leisure Services. Through parks and recreation services, we take an active role in creating community through people; our staff and volunteers who make connections with our residents to improve lives. It is this person-to-person contact that relieves the loneliness of senior citizens, reduces the stress and isolation of working adults and inspires and teaches youth to become productive community members. Through our parks, open space and facilities, we provide relief from urban development, preserve the environment and provide opportunities for recreation through facilities to meet the needs of the community. Our programs and services produce specific benefits for our residents, as well as, being an important means of connecting with residents.
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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