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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Miracle League Field and Season Opening

The City of Ridgeland in partnership with the Miracle League of Central Mississippi will be celebrating the grand opening of the new Miracle League Field and the inaugural season of Miracle League of Central Mississippi baseball.

The Miracle League is designed for ages 5 and older including youth and adults who have developmental and/or physical challenges that prevent them from playing in a mainstream league. The Miracle League Field is made of specialized rubber that is completely flat and has no barriers, allowing easy access for wheelchairs, canes, walkers, crutches, and prosthetic limbs. A newly built Miracle League Field, located at Hite Wolcott Park in Ridgeland, will be in use for the games. The Miracle League will be operated by the City of Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department.

The public is invited to the Grand Opening of Parker Miracle Field at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20 and to stay for the first game of the season at 5:30 p.m. Visit http://www.miracleleagueofcentralms.com/ for more information.

East Lake Harbour Drive Construction Update

The City of Ridgeland is rehabbing East Lake Harbour Drive from Northpark Drive to Breakers Lane. The contractor will close one lane while maintaining one open lane at all times. While they will try to make these lane closures during off-peak traffic hours, some of this work will happen during those times.

We have been informed by the contractor that they require an overnight lane closure, Wednesday-Thursday, March 14-15, to perform trench widening on the westbound lane of Lake Harbour, and that a west-bound lane will be closed Thursday and Friday mornings during peak travel times.

The City recommends that motorists leave early or take alternate routes to arrive at their destination on time for the duration of the project. The contractor has until August 31, 2018 to complete the project. Motorists are asked to reduce speeds in the construction zone. Thank you for your patience as we work to provide an improved roadway.

Registration Open for Inaugural Season of Miracle League of Central Mississippi Baseball

Ridgeland Recreation & Parks, in partnership with the Miracle League of Central Mississippi, is currently taking registrations for the inaugural season of Miracle League baseball in Ridgeland. The league is designed for anyone who has developmental and/or physical challenges that prevent them from playing in a mainstream league. A Miracle League Field will be in use for the games. Volunteer buddies will assist the players as needed.

The Miracle League is designed to give individuals with limited abilities the opportunity to play baseball in a safe, inclusive and welcome environment. The league can accommodate all players by using adaptive equipment, such as a tee for hitting the baseball and volunteer buddies for swinging the bat. 

The Miracle League Field is built using specialized rubber that is latex free, completely flat, and has no barriers; it allows easy access for wheelchairs, canes, walkers, crutches, and prosthetic limbs. Children, youth and adults with disabilities will benefit from playing on the Miracle League Field. The field is located at Wolcott Park, 349 McClellan Drive in Ridgeland.

The complex includes dugouts that provide extra space for equipment as well as protective shade. Accessible parking and restroom facilities are also available.

Volunteers are needed and welcome to serve as buddies for players during games. Buddy training will be provided. Please contact the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks office if you would like volunteer information.

Registration for players will begin March 12 and continue through April 5. The fee to participate is $25 which includes a player jersey and cap. Registration forms are available for pickup at Ridgeland City Hall and for download at www.ridgelandms.org, www.ridgelandsportsandevents.com, and www.miracleleagueofcentralms.com.

For more information, please call the City of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks office at 601-853-2011. For the latest updates about Miracle League of Central Mississippi, visit http://www.miracleleagueofcentralms.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/mlcentralms/.

News Release PDF – Inaugural Miracle League Registration Open

Ridgeland Life Spring 2018

Ridgeland Life Spring 2018

Spring in Ridgeland means KidFest!, Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Easter Egg Hunts, Bike Rides and enjoying all the outdoor events and activities that Ridgeland offers. Get the details here and also get caught up on city news, chamber happenings, library programs and school news.

 

Ridgeland Recognized for Banning Use of Electronic Smoking Devices in Workplaces and Public Places

The City of Ridgeland was recognized recently by the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Madison, Yazoo and Holmes Counties for adopting an amendment to the Ordinance Eliminating Smoking in all Workplaces and Public Places, banning electronic smoking devices. Pictured from left, Rhonda Shirley, Mayor Gene McGee, C. Rochelle Culp, and Officer Scott Young.

American Heart Month

February is recognized as American Heart Month. Mayor McGee signed a proclamation urging all citizens to recognize the critical importance of recognizing symptoms, taking preventive measures to live healthy, and incorporating tools and skills that will increase survival rates and save thousands of lives each year. Pictured with Mayor McGee are representatives of the Metro Jackson American Heart Association and Go Red for Women Cause, from left, Christy Bridges, Ann Barnes, and Barbara Dorr.

Healthy Hometown Challenge

A new commercial will be aired soon promoting a challenge by the Ridgeland Healthy Hometown Committee. All restaurants and convenience food stores in Ridgeland are challenged to offer healthy menu and food options. Committee member, Dr. Timothy Quinn, left, and Mayor McGee, right, were filmed at The Club on Lake Harbour and at The Mediterranean Grill, a restaurant that has met the challenge. We thank Dr. Quinn for the opportunity to air this commercial. For more information about the committee and the challenge, call the Mayor’s office at 601-856-7113. View the commercial here>>

Road Projects in Ridgeland, Starting First Quarter 2018

Major street improvements will be starting soon in Ridgeland. Several streets will receive pavement repairs, followed by resurfacing. Some streets will require curb and driveway work before the pavement work can begin. With all upcoming road projects this spring, one lane will be kept open at all times to keep traffic moving. Different entities are managing the various projects. Dates and project durations are estimated as the timing for projects can be affected by the weather. The City of Ridgeland is seeking to inform you of all of the road projects so that you can be aware and plan your travel routes during the work periods.

Sunnybrook Road

This is a Madison County project to repair and resurface the roadway from Jackson Street to just south of Madison Avenue. The project will likely take 7-10 days to complete. One lane will be closed at a time for repair between the hours of 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. All lanes will be reopened to traffic at the end of each work day, 4 p.m. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic flow in the single lane open for traffic.
Anticipated start date:  Wednesday, February 21.

West Jackson Street

West Jackson Street will be resurfaced by MDOT from Highway 51 to Sunnybrook Road. Concrete work will include adding ADA curb ramps for sidewalks and repairing curb sections. Pavement work will follow. One lane will be closed at a time, allowing two lanes to be open for travel. Follow the traffic signs to travel safely through the work zone. Through lanes will be shifted to the center lane while repairs are being made in the outside lanes. It will take until the end of March for this project to be completed.
Anticipated start date:  Feb. 20 – 23.

County Line Road

This project will resurface County Line Road from Ridgewood Road to Wheatley Street. Follow the traffic signs to travel safely through the work zone. Lane shifts and lane closures will be present while repairs are being made. Traffic will be shifted to the inside lanes while outside lanes are being resurfaced. Once outside lanes are complete, traffic will be shifted to those lanes while the inside lanes are closed for resurfacing. It is anticipated that roadwork will be completed by the end of May.
Anticipated start date:  first week of March.

Northpark Drive

Northpark Drive will be resurfaced from Pear Orchard Road to Lake Harbour Drive. One lane will be closed at a time for repair between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. All lanes will be reopened to traffic at the end of each work day, 4 p.m. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic flow in the single lane open for traffic. It will take approximately two weeks to complete the roadwork.
Anticipated start date:  first week of March.

East Lake Harbour Drive
Concrete work including curbs and driveways will be repaired first, followed by pavement repairs, then resurfacing. This will affect Lake Harbour Drive from Northpark Drive to Breakers Lane. Follow the traffic signs to travel safely through the work zone. Lane shifts and lane closures will be present while repairs are being made. We anticipate this project being completed in July.
Anticipated start date:  March 5.

Please note that dates and project durations are approximate and subject to change.

Please be careful driving in these areas and expect slower travel times. Plan accordingly and seek alternate routes where possible.

If you have any questions about the projects, you may call the Public Works Department at 601-853-2027. Since the City of Ridgeland is not managing all of the projects taking place in Ridgeland, we may not have all the answers but we will do our best to get the correct information for you!

 

Tree Giveaway

Sponsored by the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District, Tree Planting Week is an annual event that includes tree giveaways and sales at various locations around Madison County. On Friday, February 9, District representatives will be conducting a tree giveaway and sale at Ridgeland City Hall from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come by and get some free tree seedlings and purchase flowering tree bundles. Details >>

City of Ridgeland Water System Gets Maximum Score

The City of Ridgeland has again earned the maximum score of 5.0/5.0 from the Mississippi State Department of Health for the city’s drinking water supply, according to an inspection report dated December 5, 2018. Ridgeland earned 5 for technical, 5 for managerial and 5 for financial inspections.

Water Systems throughout the State are graded on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best. Mississippi has over 1800 water systems that are evaluated by the Health department with only five percent reaching the maximum score of 5. Some of the areas that the Health Department looks at are capacity, bacteriological and inorganic contaminates, standard operations procedures, risk management plans, financial procedures , viability and site security to name a few.

“As always it is the goal of the City of Ridgeland to provide the very best water system,” said Mayor Gene McGee. “A great thank you goes out to those employees who work tirelessly to be sure we reach that goal.”

Public Works Director, Mike McCollum had this to say about Ridgeland’s maximum score, “The City of Ridgeland Administration and Utility Division work constantly to provide the highest quality water at a reasonable price to all of its customers. If anyone has any questions about this inspections you may contact the City of Ridgeland Public Works Department at 601-853-2027 or email: Mike McCollum at mike.mccollum@ ridgelandms.org”

The City of Ridgeland seeks to provide its citizens with a superior supply of drinking water. Staff work consistently to perform technical functions, manage the water systems, and conduct financial operations in a proficient manner. A copy of the annual inspection report from the Mississippi State Department of Health may be viewed at Ridgeland City Hall, located at 304 Highway 51, Ridgeland, Mississippi.