Ridgeland Mississippi News

Ridgeland Releases New Water Quality Report

The City of Ridgeland produces an annual report outlining the previous year’s water quality test results. The testing includes disinfection, disinfection by-products and contaminants. Ridgeland’s water comes from seven deep-water wells. Water Quality Report 2017

Heatwave Classic Triathlon


On Saturday, June 2nd, Ridgeland Recreation & Parks will host the 33rd annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon. Some of the finest athletes from the Southeastern United States will converge on Ridgeland, Mississippi to compete in the triathlon, an event sanctioned by the U.S.A. Triathlon. Participants return each year because they love the race course.

This year’s race will consist of a ½ mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 24 ½ mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland’s heavily shaded Multi-Purpose Trail. Participants may register online at

The Heatwave Classic Triathlon is one of many events produced by the City of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department. For more information on this event, please call 601-853-2011.

Household Hazardous Waste Day in Ridgeland Planned for May 12

The City of Ridgeland and Keep Ridgeland Beautiful have scheduled a Household Hazardous Waste Day event for Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The event is hosted by Holmes Community College, located at 412 Ridgeland Avenue. It’s free to residents of the City of Ridgeland and Madison County.

Improper disposal of hazardous wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to humans and animals. Left in your home, hazardous items can react, become corrosive or toxic. Most items accepted at this event are recyclable. This event helps you keep your home and community safe and makes it easy to recycle these items.

Residential waste only will be accepted. A list of unacceptable and acceptable items are detailed in the accompanying Household Hazardous Waste Day_Flyer 2018. Please do not bring appliances. Home office equipment is accepted. Please leave chemicals in their original container or clearly identified. Some of the recycling and safe disposal stations available at this year’s event include Shred-It, Magnolia Data Solutions, Interstate Battery, and Care Environmental. This event is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. 




Ridgeland Fire Rating Earns Improved Classification

The City of Ridgeland has recently been advised of a new improved fire insurance classification from Fifth Class to Fourth Class. It is reflective of advances the city has taken in digital record-keeping, more inspections and education, improvements in water supply and an overall advancement in fire defenses. The new classification is effective from March 26, 2018 per a letter from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau received on April 2 by the Mayor’s office.

“We recommend that property owners in Ridgeland check with their insurance agent to determine the savings in their insurance rates,” stated Gene McGee, Mayor. “We believe that commercial property owners should definitely see a rate reduction, which means their cost of doing business should reduce.”

Ridgeland Fire Chief Matt Bailey said, “Our department is stronger in its record keeping over the last several years since we have been working with a system out of the State Fire Marshall’s office. We can track inspections, incident reporting and medical runs through the MS Fire Bridge system. It has helped to improve our digital record keeping.”

Bailey adds, “We are inspecting more often and providing more education when we conduct inspections. Our inspectors visit every commercial property annually and many are inspected biannually such as educational, childcare, and patient care facilities.”

The State Rating Bureau conducted a survey of the City of Ridgeland’s water supply and checked flows. According to Bailey, the City of Ridgeland Fire Department is consistently able to meet the 3500 gpm needed for fire protection of commercial property. This is evidence of high quality water infrastructure that is overseen by the City of Ridgeland Public Works Department.

The Bureau also checked fire department equipment, manpower and activities, conditions affecting operations, as well as local codes and their enforcement.

For any questions about the Ridgeland Fire Department and its operations, please call Central Fire Station at 601-856-8405.


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 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,, and

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 and

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.