Concern Over Q.V. Sykes Park

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Erosion has plagued a Lauderdale County sports complex in recent years.

County engineer, Neal Carson, said Q.V. Sykes Park was built for recreation and irrigation purposes. Many activities take place there. It hosts baseball games and the city of Meridian also hosts a fishing rodeo.

"This man-made lake was built about eight years ago for irrigation for the ball field. Now the concern is Okatibbee Creek," said Carson. "What has happened here is accumulation of erosion over the past six years. And it's now gotten to the point that we are going to have to fix it or risk losing the irrigation system."

The field is attached to Sowashee Creek. And with the severe weather we've had lately, high waters have washed the bank away.

Carson said Mother Nature is going to continue to erode the bank next to the creek.

"We, fortunately, have some good material in this part of the county, some sandstone rock, and we'll be bringing it out here in the next day or two," said Carson.

"We think this is one of the premiere parks in the state," said District 4 county supervisor Joe Norwood. "And we are not going to let anything happen to our lake and irrigation source."

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